(Panzanella) Bread and Tomato Salad

Bread and Tomato Salad #Panzanella

by Amy on June 23, 2014 · 7 comments

This post is sponsored by Tabasco. A product we love and use regularly!

There’s nothing like participating in a recipe creation challenge which doesn’t allow the use of broth, wine, onions, and garlic…to make you realize how much you use broth, wine, onions, and garlic. Especially onions and garlic.


But I did it! And it resulted in 5 delicious recipes that I will definitely make again.

First up is this Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad) – traditionally a very humble Italian salad, using day-old bread soaked in water and then seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil. Then topped with tomatoes and herbs.

Bread and Tomato Salad #Panzanella

I love my version. And believe it or not, didn’t miss the garlic. Never thought I’d say that!

(Panzanella) Bread and Tomato Salad
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Stand time: 10 minutes

• 3 Brioche rolls, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
• 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
• 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
• 5 large basil leaves, chopped fine
• 1 tablespoon parsley (or cilantro), chopped fine
• salt and pepper
• Tabasco hot sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Transfer to a medium bowl, along with the tomatoes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, basil, and parsley. Season with salt, pepper, and about 5-6 dashes of Tabasco. Taste and adjust, if necessary.

Drizzle vinaigrette evenly over bread and tomatoes. Gently toss to mix thoroughly. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before serving to allow the bread to soak up the dressing.

NOTE: this recipe works best with stale bread, so I made my fresh bread stale! Just toast the cubes for 10-15 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Because of brioche’s light quality, it’s also important not to let the salad stand more than 10-15 minutes or the bread will become soggy.

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Stephanie July 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

I didn’t know that life existed without onions and garlic. Learn something new every day! :P
Awesome looking salad, my friend!


Joanne June 29, 2014 at 4:33 am

Cooking without onions and garlic…not sure I could do it! Panzanellas are one of my favorite summer salads! Love the bit of spice this gets from the tabasco.


Mom June 24, 2014 at 7:24 am

OK. I’ll try as soon as I buy the ingredients in the next couple of days.


Janice June 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Oh I love your version too! Brioche is the best-what a great way to use it. And thank you for the tip on how to make it stale. Clever!


Mary June 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Love it, Amy! I’ll happily take that plate for dinner.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 23, 2014 at 7:02 am

One of my fav salads for sure!


Christine from Cook the Story June 23, 2014 at 6:52 am

Panzanella is one of my favorites!


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