Panzanella Italian Bread Salad

This tastes like piece of Italy. A traditional salad, it is really filling thanks to the bread pieces, which a coated with good-quality olive oil before being baked. Cucumber and cherry tomatoes bring a wonderful freshness. Simple and good, the only missing from this lunchbox is a view of Italty!


5 slices of baguette, about 150g (5 ½ oz) in total

8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ small cucumber, about 100g (3 ½ oz)

5 cherry tomatoes, about

159g (5 ½ oz)

2 spring onions

3-4 sprigs of basil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Squeeze of lemon juice

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper


1 preheat the oven to as high as it will go. Cut the baguette into bite-sized cubes and put in a bowl. Add 4 tbsp of the oil and mix together well with your hands.

2.Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread the bread out over it. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 10 minutes, until crisp (keep an eye on it, as you don’t want it to burn). Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

3.Meanwhile, chop the cucumber into bite-sized chunks. Halve the tomatoes. Trim the spring onions then slice into rings. Pick off and shred the basil leaves. Mix together the cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions, basil, and cubes of bread.

4.Stir together the remaining oil with the vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to make the dressing. Transport the dressing and salad separately and ideally combine them20 minutes before you are ready to eat, so the bread can absorbed the dressing.


Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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