Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a Summer Bread and Tomato Salad originating in Tuscany. And if Tuscany had a taste this would probably be it!  Full of sparkling fresh flavors, this salad is main dish worthy.

There are many different versions and add-in to Panzanella, and I have my own version too! When the tomatoes and basil are overtaking the garden it is time to make Panzanella!

StoneGable Panzanella
1 loaf of dense bread~ tonight I used a Rosemary Tuscan Bread
olive oil
garlic salt
herbs de Provence
sea salt
2 boxes of assorted tomatoes~ my favorite for this salad are red grape and yellow pear tomatoes
1/2 cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil, cut into chiffonades
3 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced paper thin
2 cloves garlic, pressed
white balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut dense bread into big croutons, about 1 1/2 inch square. Put on a rimmed baking sheet, single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and herbs de Provence and toss. Bake for 20-30 minutes until dry, hard and slightly golden. Remove from oven and cool.

Cut tomatoes in half and add to a large bowl.

Cut fresh basil and parsley and add to bowl. Cut cukes and onion and add to bowl. Add garlic. Toss. Salt and pepper and toss.

Drizzle with 1/4 cup good olive oil and a splash of white balsamic vinegar and toss. Add croutons and toss.

Serve immediately.
Other traditional add -in are:
mozzarella cheese
bread and not croutons~ but this tends to get soggy and I don’t like soggy texture.
fresh tuna
I keep StoneGable Panzanella pretty basic. I love the the fresh taste of tomatoes, basil with a good olive oil! And the crunch and flavor of homemade croutons puts this dish over the top!

Panzanella is a great main course for a hot summer night!


  1. says

    When did you say your book about gracious country living was coming out?
    Everything is beautiful as always, and the salad looks quite tasty!

  2. says

    What delightful photos! And the salad looks so very tasty! We had fresh tomatoes out of the garden tonight…what a treat!
    Blessings, Beth

  3. says

    This looks like the most scrumptious salad, Yvonne! I can’t wait to try your version of it. We’ve got oodles of cherry tomatoes & lots of basil, too. Yummo!

    I don’t know you do it all & so beautifully. Do you have a staff? LOL I need a staff!!

  4. says

    That sounds wonderful. I’m looking for new recipes to try. My husband comes home from stroke rehab next weekend, so he’s ready to eat “real” food…

  5. says

    Yvonne, yours has quickly become one of THE blogs I MUST visit every day. So many fabulous recipes, so many lovely tablescapes, so much beauty all around. (Though when you give a sewing tutorial, I admit I come close to tears…but the beauty of your blog outweighs the tears, that’s for sure.)

    Anyhow, as always, I’m rambling. I just have to say that this recipe sounds fabulous. But, even more, it looks fabulous. You do such an amazing job of photographing whatever it is you are blogging about.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. My basil is growing like crazy, and since I didn’t plant a garden this year, I’ll just rely on the tomatoes from the farmers’ market.

    Have a lovely evening,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  6. says

    Yvonne, we are still waiting on local tomatoes. I have high hopes for Saturday’s market. Everything else is on hand and waiting! Thanks so much for your version of this delicious salad. I will be trying it as soon as those tomatoes get here! If you hear a thunderous scream of delight coming from the Chicago area Saturday morning–that’s me finding tomatoes!!


  7. says

    Yvonne we adore panzanella when our tomatoes ripen! It is such a wonderful summer treat.

    Your local market has wonderful produce and I love your photogrpahs. I am growing the same types of banana peppers this summer, both hot and sweet. It is turning out to be a great pepper summer!

  8. says

    Hi Yvonne, this looks like one more of your fabulous recipes that I must try! I really like yellow pear tomatoes. And I could almost smell those delicious tomatoes from the local farm stand! Nothing like fresh tomatoes. When we lived in South Jersey we had the best jersey reds! Have a nice day. Linda

  9. says

    Hi Yvonne! I have basil and some yellow pear tomatoes and some patio tomatoes just begging to be in a salad like this! I’m making this tomorrow! Looks so Delish! THANKS!
    Have a great week end!

  10. says

    This looks delicious. I love tomatoes out of the garden. Nothing like a store bought tomato at all. I love your little yellow pear shaped ones. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. says

    Oh Yvonne… my mother and grandmother used to make this salad all the time!
    I never knew it had a “real name” LOL
    funny how that happens 😀

    Your photographs are so clear, Yvonne, I can almost smell the fantastic aroma of tomatoes, basil and oil!

    What a perfect combination of summer flavors!
    Your tablescape post yesterday is so colorful…
    If I’m in town this weekend, it will be difficult to avoid Pier One!

    * Thank you, Yvonne, for your lovely visits and wonderful comments~ You are such a treasure!

  12. says

    That salad looks amazing. Think we will be having that this weekend.

    Thanks for the tip on the lanterns. There is a Pier 1 less than a mile from me. I might just pop in there today.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  13. says

    Love the pictures, T!
    I do shop at my farms nearby. We don’t have tomatoes yet though. August and Sept are our better months. Nothing like local vegetables!

  14. says

    Ugh! Yet another yummy treat to add to my reportoire of recipes. Don’t I sound snooty? This sounds fantastic! I am so going to try this out this weekend. I think it is just the thing to perk up leftover BBQ Chicken! Love the pics! WAH! I WANT A CAMERA LIKE YVONNE’S! I guess when I am heading to the fruit stand for fresh Killer Corn I have to stop at Pier 1! I better get a move on!

  15. says

    I’m not a tomato eater either (like Sarah) but I have to say Yvonne, you’ve got me hungry as a horse. This looks so fresh and crisp, and best yet, it looks cool! I love having salads in the summer. I posted a summer salad recipe to.

    Thanks for all the detail you put into your posts. I enjoy each and every one of them!

    Have a wonderful weekend,


  16. Tulip Tilly says

    Yvonne, this dish makes me wish I liked tomatoes. Its a beautiful presentation and as always your photos are outstanding.

  17. says

    Just printed out your panzanella salad recipe. It looks so good. I love your table. The lanterns are darling and add that whimsy and flare to make it so festive. Your zinnias are perfect for the summer table and just set off your pretty tablecloth.

  18. says

    Yvonne, that salad looks so good. My friend and I were talking about Panzanella Salad just the other day. No tomatoes here yet, but when they are ready I will be very happy.

    For some reason I didn’t realize you lived in PA, thought you were further south.

    Have a great weekend, try to stay cool.


  19. says

    I have been so hungry for Panzanella and asked Tony if he had a good recipe! Going to surprise him and make it for us!! Thanks for sharing :)

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