Panzanella Salad Recipe — Barefoot Contessa

We have updated this post on Barfeoot Contessa’s Panazella Salad Recipe since it was first posted in 2010 There is no better reason to go to the farmer’s market this time of year than to get the ingredients for a Panzanella Salad. (or if you are lucky your own back yard)

The second recipe of the month for Barefoot Bloggers  Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Panzanella Salad. I made this Panzanella Salad Recipe italian style w/o the feta and olives.

A few weeks ago I shared the recipe for Italian Shrimp with Canellini beans.  I loved the freshness of that recipe using fresh tomatoes that you can find all year round. As an accompaniment I also made this Panzanella Salad that reminds me of summer days.

If you can find Campari Tomatoes at your grocery store, you will have the flavors of summer all year round with this simple yet flavorful salad. This is the perfect Italian Salad to compliment a lot of entrees especially Italian recipes.


Perfect Italian Salad Recipe: Panzanella salad

Panzanella Salad is not a typical salad, there is no lettuce. Instead of big chunks of wonderful veggies and big chunks of toasted bread, all drenched in a flavorful dressing.

You can even dress it about 30 minutes before serving to all the flavors to marry.


Get the best bread you can find, it will make a difference to start off with a crusty bread that you toast additionally on the stove top. Beware if you family is like mine, they will start eating these homemade croutons before the salad is even assembled.


Now for the veggies. Cut up chunks of sweet peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes for this filling salad.

I like to make salad dressings in the glass cruet but use mason jars as well. You can really get a good shake versus whisking it in a bowl.


There is no rhyme or reason to assembling this Panzanella Salad. Just dump everything in and allow the ingredients to absorb the yumminess of the dressing.



Since there is no lettuce to wilt, you can also enjoy this salad the next day, assuming you have leftovers.





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What salad reminds you of summer?

I have made this on many occasions using the dressing but mixing up the veggies slightly. I have even made a mini version and put it on top of romaine lettuce.

Add some chopped chicken and you have a great lunch or light supper.


The best part is you don’t have to turn on your oven to toast the bread. If your kitchen is not already hot from the weather, just toast them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Panzanella Salad Recipe –Barefoot Contessa

Panzanella Salad Recipe

Panzanella Salad Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Panzanella Salad Recipe is a salad with no lettuce, but bread croutons. Perfect summer produce salad 


  • Good olive oil
  • 1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 red bell pepper, large diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, large diced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced in half rounds

For the vinaigrette

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Add more olive oil as needed.
  2. Place the cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl.
  3. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a small bowl. While still whisking, add the olive oil and make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta, olives and bread cubes and mix together lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 199Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 396mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 2g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

Have you ever made a Panzanella Salad?

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