Last week, I ended up with an overabundance of my no-knead bread. I had baked an extra loaf to take to the DVP meet & greet, for bread & spreads – and it didn’t all end up getting eaten. So the other night I decided to make this Panzanella. It was my first time making a Panzanella, but it definitely won’t be the last. It’s kinda like taking all the delicious, yummy toppings of a loaded up salad, and ditching the lettuce – can’t say it’s the most healthy salad, but it sure is delicious.

cutting the bread

The inspiration to make a panzanella came from this post that I saw over on Smitten Kitchen a while back. It was a while ago, but I had kind of kept it in the back of my mind as a “I should make that one day…” kind of dish. So the other day, when I went poking around in the fridge and realized that I had some firm cheese, tomatoes from my most recent box from FFTY and an overabundance of stale-or-almost-stale bread, it seemed like the perfect time.

Soon to be croutons

I started out making the croutons – I wasn’t sure if I would end up using all of them (I did) but my freezer already has a bunch of stale bread that I need to use up (probably another stuffing or panzanella in my future) so I figured that even if I had leftover croutons, they wouldn’t go to waste. In fact, in general – this is a great dish for making sure things don’t go to waste, just use whatever veggies you happen to have on hand.


I made this the night that Mr. Man was off helping our friends move. Originally, it was intended to be a side to another dish, but when Mr. Man came home, he wanted to spend some time with me (outside the kitchen!) so I wrapped it up after making this salad and skipped making anything to go with it. Which turned out okay because this is actually hearty enough to be a main course. We even had enough leftovers for everyone to have some for lunch the next day. The croutons are also great by themselves – in fact, while I was assembling the rest of the ingredients, Mr. Man kept swiping the croutons and snacking on them.



  • 8 cups stale Bread Cube (I used a mix of wheat and white)
  • 1 stick butter; melted
  • 1 tbs Brown Mustard
  • 2 tbs Roasted Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil; divided
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup White Wine
  • 3 radishes; sliced
  • 8 oz Baby tomatoes; cut in to halves
  • 1 head green garlic; sliced
  • 2 small avocados (or 1 large)
  • 1 lemon; juiced
  • 7 oz Paneer Cheese; cut in to 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil; finely chopped
  • Kosher Salt


  • Preheat Oven to 350°
  • Mix together the melted butter, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, the mustard and roasted garlic along with about 1/2 a tsp Kosher Salt
  • In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the butter mixture
  • Spread the coated bread cubes on to a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until crisped and golden – about 30 minutes
  • Cut the avocados in to 1″ cubes and toss with the lemon juice
  • In a large bowl, toss together the toasted bread cubes, tomatoes, green garlic slices, paneer, lemon juice and avocado, basil, remaining olive oil, vinegar, the white wine and kosher salt to taste
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour or two to let the flavors meld

Green Garlic Radishes basil

3 Responses to “Panzanella”

  1. Heh, lettuceless salad. Awesome. :)

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  3. All the best parts! hehehe (although I do like salad, but I think everyone likes the toppings BETTER)

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