Monday, October 24, 2011

Bread salad / Panzanella

When I first saw this recipe....I really loved it....then I came to know that its a classic made by Italians.
Tho we only know of salads which use a variety of leaves..this is a salad made purely with bread, which is kind of interesting. Its absolutely simple to make and delicious too.
So for my Soups and Salads theme in this blogging marathon, I chose this as one of my salads.

If you like crispy croutons and are like me in picking them out of the salad and devouring them, then you would like the crispy bread salad.
Its required that you use a day old firm textured bread for this salad. But I think it will even taste yummy if you use plain croutons to create this in a jiffy!

What I did was use a firm french bread, chopped into pieces, a crisped them up in the oven @350 degrees till they were turning slightly brown in color. This allows the bread not to become totally soggy immediately after the dressing is added, and they slowly absorb the dressing.


2 cups Day old Italian or french bread (or any other firm textured bread), chopped into bite sized pieces, crisped in the oven @ 350 degrees till they turn slightly brown in color.

1 tbsp chopped red onion
1 tomato, chopped into tiny pieces
2 cloves of garlic, chopped tiny
1 small green bell pepper or half of a large one, chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves

2 tbsp olive oil
lemon juice to taste
salt and pepper to taste


Mix the bread, onion, tomato, green bell pepper, garlic, parsley leaves and basil leaves together in bowl.
In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the olive oil mixture with the bread mixture and mix well to coat all pieces.
Chill for an hour before serving. (I liked it even before chilling, cos the pieces are crisper)
Serve and Enjoy!!!

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Sending this to Srivalli's Soups and Salads Mela -


  1. Nice one. My family members are surely going to love this.

  2. that is a delectable bowl of salad and I could dig in with gusto !!

  3. Super inviting salad, brilliant idea of using the stale bread slices..

  4. Good idea...have to try out this sometime..

  5. that is truly an interesting way to use up bread!!

  6. looks healthy and delicious...

  7. have been wanting to try this since a long time....grt recipe..n loving it.

  8. Salad looks so crunchy and delicious...

  9. That's a wonderful idea Smitha..salad looks very inviting!

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  11. You know what...We made the same this weekend.....It came out wonderful...Love your version

  12. Oh yeah! I love carbs in my salad! My kind of salad!

  13. This looks simple to prepare and fantastic to taste! off to get some baguette...:)


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