7 Bright and Beautiful Bread Salads
Got day-old bread? Ditch your standard salad and opt for these full-flavored and filling bread salads (also known as panzanella) instead. These hearty recipes also boast crisp vegetables, soft cheeses, and tangy vinegar-based dressings. Get into some Italian-Inspired flavor with seven of our most delicious bread salad recipes.
Charred Vegetable Panzanella with Olive Oil Bread
Juicy tomatoes, grilled zucchini, and grilled bread combine for a fresh, flavorful salad with a wonderfully vinegary taste. Finish it all off with torn basil and Parmesan cheese for a perfectly balanced meal.
Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad
"This salad was divine and my fiancé absolutely loved it!" says home cook ENGILFOY. "I found when that if you toast fresh bread pieces in warm olive oil mixed with minced garlic it adds a great flavor."
Strawberry Caprese Panzanella
Sweeten things up with this vibrant panzanella. Use day-old bread, yellow grape tomatoes, strawberries, and fresh mozzarella to create a uniquely delicious salad that caters to everyone's tastes.
Chef John's Panzanella
Chef John's creation is crisp, garlicky, and totally satisfying. Cook bread cubes in a skillet until golden before tossing with red wine vinegar, cherry tomatoes, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Tomato-Bread Salad with Basil and Capers
This highly rated recipe has an incredible combination of briny and slightly sweet flavor. Diced red onion adds a pleasant sharpness that makes each bite a pleasure.
Rustic bread salad at its best. Italian bread soaks up the acidity from red wine vinegar, while chopped celery and fennel add a great crunch to every forkful. Let the salad rest at room temperature for an hour before serving.
Quick Lemony Panzanella
"A vegetable-forward alternative to garlic bread with a pasta dinner," says recipe creator MsFrilly. "This salad makes use of that delicious loaf of bread that's gone a little stale. I suggest serving with a crisp Pinot Grigio."