Panzanella Salad (Italian Stale Bread) Recipe

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The name Panzanella salad is a portmanteau of the Italian words “pane” (bread) and “zanella” (gutter… or a wide serving bowl). This stale bread salad could not be easier to make, and it screams spring in a bowl. This specific recipe is based upon a favorite from a classic farm to table restaurant here in Michigan. Without further monologing, let’s make gutter bread salad; Panzanella!

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Panzanella Salad

Stale Bread is amazing
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jim


  • 4 cups stale bread torn into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 shallot thinly, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Whisk together vinegar and oil. Prep veggies accordingly.
  • Combine bread and veggies in a large bowl, toss with dressing, and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve over a bed of greens and finished with a pinch of salt.


Serving: 4People | Calories: 390kcal

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