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Recipe Amber K. Stott
Tomato Bread Salad

Tomato Bread Salad

This salad is inspired by the Italian “panzanella,” or tomato bread salad. It’s so simple! No cooking required. Yet, it’s elegant enough to serve to guests.

NOTE: Use several varieties of tomatoes to add layers of flavors and colors to this perfect summer dish.

Adapted from recipe from Awake at the Whisk

Tomato Bread Salad Panzanella Recipe


  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 slices artisan bread, cut into 1” cubes (bread that’s slightly hard and a few days old is best to stand up to the juicy tomatoes)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 clove garlic, or 1 onion, minced 
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions for adults:

Assist kids with measuring and chopping safely.

Instructions for kids:

Cut the tomatoes and place in a large serving bowl. Cut bread into cubes and place on top of the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic. Sprinkle with basil leaves, garlic/onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Scoop from the bottom to serve. 

*Note: If not eaten right away, the bread becomes soggy. Thus, this recipe is meant to be eaten fresh and should be made only in the quantity that will be eaten immediately. It doesn’t keep—yet it tastes amazing when fresh!


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