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panzanella salad with arugula, bread cubes, tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers
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Italian Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad features juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, red onion, capers, and lightly toasted Italian bread ready to sop up a delicious tangy dressing!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 355kcal

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Salad

  • 5 cups Italian bread cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups arugula or watercress
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • ½ small red onion sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained (optional)

Instructions

For the Vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl, add the mustard, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, garlic, and salt.
  • Add the olive oil and continually whisk until mixed well.
  • Set aside.

For the Salad

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil then toss to coat.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (turning halfway through) or until the bread is crispy and lightly browned.
  • Remove form oven and allow to cool before assembling the salad.
  • In a large bowl, add the arugula, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, basil, and capers if using.
  • Add the bread just before serving so it doesn't absorb the dressing.
  • Drizzle the vinaigrette over the entire salad and toss to combine well.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Use Ciabatta or French bread if desired.
Substitute white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar for the lemon juice in the vinaigrette, if preferred

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg