If you’re like me, you don’t like wasting any food. Including stale bread. Yes, sometimes it happens, the bread gets stale before we can use it. Normally I would turn it into homemade breadcrumbs but now that spring is here and summer is right on it’s heels, I prefer to make Panzanella out of that stale bread.

If you’re not familiar with Panzanella, Panzanella is a beautiful refreshing bread and tomato salad. I like to think of it as bruschetta in a bowl ; ) I’ve also made mine with olives and cucumbers but today wanted to go with a very basic recipe {feel free to add those in if you’d like}. I also like to leave the crust on my bread but feel free to remove it if you prefer. I like the texture that the crust gives.

You’ll just need to be sure your bread is stale {otherwise if it’s too fresh you’ll end up with a bowl of mushy bread} and your tomatoes are ripe and juicy. Bonus flavor points, if you’re able to let this sit a spell before eating it gets better and better with time.



What you’ll need:
Stale bread – 4-6 slices – cubed
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 ripe tomatoes – roughly chopped
pinch pepper
6-8 fresh basil leaves – roughly torn
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

What to do:
1. Into a medium sized serving bowl add bread. Drizzle the red wine vinegar over bread. Season with pepper. Add tomatoes, basil. Drizzle olive oil on top.

2. Toss with two forks to combine. Allow to sit and marinate prior to serving.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    this is one of my favorite salads. a variation is to actually grill the bread before adding it to the salad: yum.

  2. 2

    Easy, simple, and delicious. I can’t wait for our fresh tomatoes so I can make this!

  3. 3

    This is one of my favorite summer lunches!

  4. 4

    Simple and perfect 🙂

  5. 5

    We LOVE to eat panzanella when the tomatoes start to ripen. This look so fresh, hearty and inviting.

  6. 6

    Yum! Love this salad 🙂

  7. 7

    This looks wonderful! Can’t wait for ripe tomatoes!

  8. 8

    Nice work! I love this!!

  9. 9

    Love panzanella. Your version looks delicious!

  10. 10

    Oh my! I have never had panzanella before, and it certainly does look yummy! Love the photos 🙂

  11. 11

    Your panzanella looks and sounds very tasty!! I can smell the basil…

  12. 12
    Hailey /

    That looks delicious! Quick, simple, perfect for summer 🙂

  13. 13

    that last picture is beautiful! Looks like a great salad!

  14. 14

    I remember the first time I tried panzanella and did it for grins but didn’t really expect to love soggy bread. It was so not soggy and so amazingly delicious; thanks for the reminder and the recipe. I needed both.

  15. 15

    This always escapes me! Whenever I have stale bread, I automatically think breadcrumbs or bread pudding. The next stale loaf I have will get turned into this 🙂

  16. 16

    This looks great! Your photos are so gorgeous! I just bought a basil plant and I can’t wait to start using it!

  17. 17

    Ciao! Panzanella is a central-Italy staple. And one thing about central Italy is the bread that is used is salt less. It is nearly tasteless, but soaks up flavors beautifully. If you ever come across it…save it for panzanella. Or a door stop. Day old Umbrian bread makes a perfect door stop.

  18. 18

    One of my favorites!

  19. 19

    This is such a great salad. Perfect for summer BBQ’s or picnics. I also add mangoes to mine.

  20. 20

    Yum! One of my all-time favorites! Especially in summer when the tomatoes are sun-ripened and juicy. Wow.

  21. 21

    Bruschetta in a bowl! Love this and love yoour idea of adding olives and cucumbers!

  22. 22

    stale bread look great in salad can’t wait to try it looks salad looks nutritious . =)

  23. 23

    I LOVE Panzanella! In the summer I eat a bowl of this just about every day.

  24. 24

    Looks delicious and so much easier to eat than bruschetta (which we always manage to spill the goodies off of!). Great photos and congrats on making it in Women’s Health!

  25. 25

    This looks great. I love bruchetta so I’m going to give this a try.

  26. 26

    Ciao Paula 🙂
    have you ever tried Panzanella with some slices of cucumber?
    It is a good variation, if you like bitter taste.
    Take a look at my recipe:

    Congrats for your website


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