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Thursday, 25 May 2017

How To Make A Panzanella Salad...

Today I am sharing a recipe from Antonio Carluccio’s latest recipe book “Vegetables”. 

The classic Panzanella Salad is a dish that holds a fond place in Antonio’s heart, a Tuscan favourite in his family growing up, he reminisces - 

‘My mother used to make this dish for the sake of economy, using left-over bread which she’d bake in the oven to make it more absorbent – for me it’s the taste of summer.’

It’s a great dish that can be made with any quality leftover bread too, it means that it’s perfect for zero-waste cooking and eating at home. 

This dish is also now available to order at Carluccio’s as part of their new Spring Summer Menu that launched last week, it can additionally be ordered as part of one of Carluccio’s lovely picnic hampers.

How To Make A Panzanella Salad:

Serves 4 or more

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) stale white or brown bread, dried in the oven until golden
  • 600g (1lb 5oz) ripe tomatoes, cut into small chunks (save all the juices)
  • 50g (1.oz) celery stalks, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
  • a few pitted black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus a few sprigs to garnish
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

How To Make:
  1. Put the dried bread into a bowl, and pour over just enough water to soften it, for a few minutes only.
  2. Reduce the pieces of bread to large chunks, and get rid of any surplus water in the bowl.
  3. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the celery, onion, green pepper, olives and chopped basil.
  4. Mix well and then add the olive oil, vinegar and garlic, with some salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix again until a juicy mixture result, and divide between serving plates. 
  6. Serve garnished with a sprig of basil.

Recipe credits: Antonio Carluccio’s latest recipe book “Vegetables”

Fancy trying this Panzanella Salad recipe out?



  1. This looks so tasty and healthy.

  2. Awesome healthy, perfect for a summer brunch!


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