Panzanella Salad: Tomato, Bread and Parmesan

Panzanella Salad

This bright, fresh and rustic recipe for Italian Panzanella salad couldn’t be simpler to make or more delicious! It’s as easy as tossing rough cut tomatoes, crusty hunks of bread, sharp red onion, sweet basil and salty Parmesan together. With a little drizzle of olive oil and vinegar over top it’s good to go. Granted there is a short wait after salting the tomatoes but all it takes is a little planning ahead.

This is the perfect way to showcase the tomatoes, onion and basil that I’ve planted in my backyard garden. And I’m sure it will grace my table in many shapes and forms this summer.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad
(adapted from 200 Super Salads by Alice Storey)

1 + 1/4 pound large Tomatoes
2 teaspoons Sea Salt
5 ounces Italian Bread
1/3 cup Red Onion, thinly sliced in half moons
6-7 Basil leaves, rough chopped plus extra for garnish
2 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese, shaved slices
Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper

1. Rough chop the tomatoes into 3/4-inch pieces and put them in a nonmetallic bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow them to sit for an hour.

2. Tear the bread apart into rough bite-size chunks.

3. Squash the tomatoes with your hands, discard liquid and then toss with bread, onion, basil, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish top with extra Basil leaves.

4. Serve with Parmesan shavings over top. Best served immediately.

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Panzanella Salad

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  1. BeadedTail says

    This salad looks so good and fresh tasting for summer! Tomatoes, onions, cheese and bread – yum!Hugs to Moon!

  2. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    My tomatoes aren't in yet, I just bought some today though. This is such a pretty salad!! I don't make mine nearly as pretty.

  3. says

    This salad sounds delicious and I bet it tastes ten times better when the vegetables are from your own garden.

  4. Megan says

    That looks amazing! And I'm so jealous that you have a garden with tomatoes and basil. I keep saying that if I ever have a yard, I'm going to plant tomatoes and basil, and it doesn't matter what else!

  5. says

    This is my kind of salad. Looks wonderful:) I am always looking for new types of salads to prepare in the summer and the bread mingling with the tomatoes and the! Thanks for sharing it.

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