Italian Bread Salad “Panzanella”

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In today’s post I will show you a quick & easy recipe for “Panzanella”, an Italian bread salad with tomatoes, cucumber, mozzarella, plenty of olive oil & roasted ciabatta.

The bread salad is made super quickly and without much effort and is ideal as a side dish for grilling & barbecuing. Have fun cooking!

Cooked/Baked today: Italian Bread Salad “Panzanella”
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Category: Salad Recipes, Barbecue Recipes, Side Dishes, Recipes with Potatoes, Italian Recipes
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Italian Bread Salad Panzanella

Italian Bread Salad “Panzanella”

Ingredients for 1 Bowl Italian Bread Salad “Panzanella”:

  • 1 Ciabatta bread
  • 250 grams small mozzarella balls
  • 6 – 8 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 – 2 clove(s) garlic
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Italian herb mixture
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl/Salad bowl
  • Baking sheet + baking paper
  • Lemon juicer


…for bread:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (top/bottom heat). Cut Ciabatta into bite-size cubes with a knife and spread on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

Roasting Ciabatta Bread

Roasting Ciabatta Brea

Season the bread cubes with a good dash of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, mix everything well once until all bread cubes are evenly wetted with oil and then bake in a preheated oven for 10 – 15 minutes until golden and crispy.

…for bread salad:

Cut the tomatoes into bite-size cubes. Quarter the cucumber lengthways and cut into pieces. Peel the onion & cut into fine strips. Peel garlic and chop finely. Juice ½ lemon.

Preparing Bread Salad

Preparing Bread Salad

Put tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & garlic in a large salad bowl, add 250 grams of small mozzarella balls, the lemon juice & a good dash of olive oil, then season with 1 heaping teaspoon of Italian herbs and salt & pepper to taste.

After 10 – 15 minutes, take the toasted bread cubes out of the oven, allow to cool briefly and then spread them on deep plates. Arrange the salad on the bread cubes and serve immediately. Have fun cooking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

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