Panzanella – Bread Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


The classic Italian bread salad is a great way to use up stale bread and boost the taste experience up to ‘very pleasing’ (ding, ding, ding). In its most common form it usually also consists of tomatoes and raw onions in a basic vinaigrette. This version also adds bell pepper for some fibrous crunch and a basil dressing with Chimichurri vibe.

It might just be my selective perception but as soon as I discovered Panzanella for me – as a great way to use up stale bread – suddenly Panzanella recipes were popping up everywhere. It seems that this bread salad practically became pretty much a free style salad. Or say it’s on the verge of becoming that. As long as there’s bread involved you can call it Panzanella (mostly without any nervous ticks or a backlash). 

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