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

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


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)


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.


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


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