Summer Panzanella Salad


Total Time:

25 minutes



Panzanella Salad is one of those quintessential summer sides! It’s a mixture of fresh produce and delicious homemade garlic croutons. Well, at least my version is! It’s a bright and cheerful salad, which is exactly what we all want in our lives, especially this weekend for all the Memorial Day celebrations!

The great thing about panzanella is that is pairs well with pretty much everything. So whether you’re grilling up some burgers, or chicken skewers, or a whole fish – this will work as a side dish. Another great thing about panzanella is that it is oh-so-easy to make! Chop up some fresh veggies, throw in some beautiful avocado for good measure, toast up some bread cubes, toss it all together with an orange champagne vinaigrette and call it a day.

I’ll take a giant bowl of this everyday of the week. Yes, please!

Summer Panzanella Salad

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 loaf French bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 20 small cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 5 mini red bell peppers sliced
  • 5 mini yellow bell peppers sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • Handful large basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 3 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • squeeze of fresh orange


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Toss the bread cubes with the olive oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onion and herbs and toss together. Drizzle in the Champagne vinegar, olive oil and squeeze of orange juice. Carefully toss everything together and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    as much as i love panzanella salad i’ve never actually made it at home before…but i’d say summer’s the perfect time to do it! sounds absolutely delicious!

  2. Blog is the New Black

    I love panzella! I keep seeing it pop up on blogs and I need to make it!

  3. The Italian Dish

    I love Panzanella Salad. I like your version, Gaby, with the avocado.

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    The pictures from the market are sooo pretty! Can’t wait to get back to SoCal and hit up the markets!

  5. Monika

    This looks to be the perfect go-to summer dish. Now if summer would just come………

  6. Rocky Mountain Woman

    I can’t wait for the summer vegetables to start coming into the markets so I can try this!!!

  7. Amanda

    Your pictures are fabulous… a vision of the bountys of summer! 🙂

  8. marla

    This is the perfect side, love all those veggies & croutons in one dish 🙂

  9. Allison [Haute Box]

    This is definitely bright and cheerful. The colors are amazing!

  10. Kristin Murdock

    This looks like something I will want for dinner tonight. I like this version, Gaby, and the champagne vinaigrette sounds delightful.

  11. Maris (In Good Taste)

    This is a lovely salad that is perfect for the holiday weekend!

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