Bread Salad

Nora brought this delicious panzanella (aka bread salad) to not one but TWO girls’ nights in the last couple of weeks.

The recipe is originally from The Barefoot Contessa, tweaked with a little Nora love. It is a great summer salad and so delicious you will want to dive into the bowl…I’m not kidding.



3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)*

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced

20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons capers, drained

For the vinaigrette:

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar

1/2 cup good olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

*I use sea salt and rosemary bread from Fresh Market and brown it in slices before I cut into cubes.  It just saves me a little time!

Mo’s note here: You know how most salads aren’t as good as leftovers? They get too soggy from the dressing. This salad is the exception, my friend. By the next day the crunchy bread has absorbed some of the dressing making for a different but equally yummy treat.



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  1. Bookmarking this recipe. I’ve been looking for a good bread salad recipe for years! Also, hopping over to follow you on Bloglovin’, so I never miss a post. Also, note to self: never read these posts while hungry. Because now I’m pondering how to get my hands on some burrata.

    • Thanks for the follow and the twitter love! Burrata is my new favorite obsession! I first had it about a year ago and wondered where it had been all my life!
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  2. This looks so good. I love salads!

  3. BREAD salad??? That is my kind of salad. Will definitely try the recipe. I have a feeling I’m going to like it… a lot!!

    • I’ve had a similar salad at a restaurant but there is something especially delicious about this one. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I feel like my hubby would love this salad! Am saving this one! :)-Ashley

  5. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  6. i love ina garten and this recipe looks so wonderful! and yes…soggy, leftover salads are yucky. 🙂

  7. Sounds and looks delicious!

  8. Yum! This looks and sounds incredible! I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try.

  9. It not only sounds delicious but it looks so colorful- thanks for sharing!

  10. Salad with bread in it… yummmmmm.

  11. I’d never heard of Bread Salad. This is incredible. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Mmmm…yummy and so colorful!

  13. Yes another recipe for the champagne vinegar sitting in my cupboard. Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks Mo!

  14. I make this recipe from Barefoot Contessa all the time…it is my favorite salad!

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