Quick Lemony Panzanella


A vegetable-forward alternative to garlic bread with a pasta dinner. This salad makes use of that delicious loaf of bread that's gone a little stale. Mr. Frilly does not like vinegary dressings so this salad gets its acid from some pickled banana pepper slices and a lemon, which pairs perfectly with the garlic and fresh herbs. I suggest serving with a crisp Pinot Grigio. If not serving immediately, stir every few minutes to make sure bread is soaking up those delicious juices. Serve at room temperature within a few hours. Leftovers can be refrigerated.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ loaf focaccia bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

  • medium English cucumber, cubed

  • ¼ cup diced red onion

  • ¼ cup chopped orange bell pepper

  • ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives

  • 5 pickled banana pepper rings

  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over both sides of the focaccia. Place on a grill pan or directly on the grill grate. Toast until nicely browned, flipping as needed, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, olives, banana peppers, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper in a nonreactive bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard; stir until combined.

  4. Remove focaccia from the grill and rub 1 side of each slice with garlic. Tear slices into bite-sized pieces. Add to the vegetables and stir to coat. Serve at room temperature.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any good quality crusty bread.

Use any color bell pepper.

Substitute 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
25g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Sodium 1003mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 292mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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