Tomato Panzanella Bowl

8/4/2022

By Lori Taylor

This post is sponsored by NatureSweet®.

This Tomato Panzanella Bowl is perfect for any occasion! It’s simple to make, yet impressive enough to serve to your guests. The best part is that it only requires a few ingredients, so you probably have everything you need in your pantry already.

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Tomato Panzanella

Who doesn’t love tomatoes? They’re delicious, nutritious, and versatile. This recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves tomatoes. It’s a simple dish that features snacking tomatoes from NatureSweet®, fresh bread, and flavorful herbs. The bread soaks up all the juices from the tomatoes, making it extra delicious. And the herbs add a beautiful flavor that will compliment the burrata cheese.

This dish is perfect for a summer lunch or light dinner. It’s easy to make and so incredibly tasty. Trust us, you’ll want to make it again and again.

What is Panzanella?

Panzanella is a traditional Italian bread salad. It’s made with stale bread, tomatoes, and other fresh ingredients. This chopped salad with toasted bread and tomatoes is combined with an incredible dressing that makes every bite fresh and flavorful.

What is the Best Bread for Tomato Panzanella?

We are using french bread for this tomato panzanella salad. The bread gets toasted in the pan, so it doesn’t need to be completely fresh. You can easily use other bread that you might have on hand. Some other ideas for bread to use in this recipe are:

Ciabatta Bread – a thick bread that has holes in the center, so it keeps it from getting too soggy.

Crusty Country Bread – already thick, stale feeling bread that works well.

Sourdough – a different flavor profile but is dense and will hold up in this salad.

Baguette – a delicious spongy inside that will soak up the dressing but the outside is crusty that makes it work in this recipe.

tomato panzanella on a plate

Can I Store the leftovers?

This salad is best when eaten immediately. While the bread doesn’t get soggy when you are eating it fresh, it will also continue to soak up the dressing the longer it sits. However, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days if you don’t mind a little soggy bread. You do not want to freeze this salad.

One idea for making this salad last longer or a way to make it ahead is to make everything and then keep the bread, dressing and salad ingredients separate. This lets you save time when you are ready to serve but also keeps the salad fresh longer. Then, you will combine the salad for a fresh taste each time you serve it. 

Can I Use Croutons Instead of Bread?

If you are in a hurry or don’t have any bread on hand, you can use croutons. The salad is best with fresh bread, but croutons will work in a pinch.

Can I Add Other Vegetables?

Of course! Feel free to add in other vegetables that you might have on hand. We are using cucumbers and red onions. However, you can also add other veggies like peppers, zucchini and white onions. 

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Salad Ingredients: 

  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 2 10 oz containers of NatureSweet Constellations®
  • 3 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • Small French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (appx 6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz burrata cheese

Vinaigrette Ingredients: 

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

ingredients

How to Make Tomato Panzanella

First, heat the oil in a large pan. Next, add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat. Toss frequently for 10 minutes or until brown. Add more oil as needed.

White the bread is on the stove, you can make the vinaigrette. All you need to do is whisk all the ingredients together.

salad assembled

Then, in a large bowl, lay down the baby spinach. Add the NatureSweet Constellations®, cucumbers, red onion and burrata. Next, add the sauteed bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. 

tomato panzanella with tomatoes and salad in the back

Family Favorites from NatureSweet®

The best homemade recipes deserve the best ingredients. That’s why we love using NatureSweet® tomatoes in each of ours! NatureSweet Constellation® tomatoes are a perfect and blend and balance mix of our Cherubs®, sweet yellow Comets®, mini-heirloom Twilights™, and orange cherry tomatoes, The variety is a perfect mix for the Tomato Panzanella.

So what’s the secret to these tasty tomatoes? NatureSweet® knows that to grow the best produce, they need to do what’s right. They’re committed to supporting and empowering the people who make these tomatoes possible, from expert growers to supply chain workers and beyond. Cultivation innovation and sustainable farming practices mean NatureSweet® can pay it forward and treat the planet right, too. These are good tomatoes that you can feel good about eating!

Learn more about NatureSweet’s commitment to doing what’s right! 

Other Great Recipes with NatureSweet Tomatoes

What did you think of the Tomato Panzanella? Did it become a household favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Tomato Panzanella Bowl

This Tomato Panzanella Bowl is perfect for any occasion! It’s simple to make, yet impressive enough to serve to your guests. The best part is that it only requires a few ingredients, so you probably have everything you need in your pantry already.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tomato panzella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Passive time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 20 oz NatureSweet Constellations® 2 10 oz. containers
  • 3 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 1 small French bread cut into 1-inch cubes (appx 6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cucumber unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 8 oz burrata cheese

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat. Toss frequently for 10 minutes or until brown. Add more oil as needed.
  • For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.
  • In a large bowl, lay down the baby spinach. Add the NatureSweet Constellations®, cucumbers, red onion and burrata. Next, add the sauteed bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette.

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Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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