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Classic Panzanella Salad with Basil & Artichokes

Fresh basil & artichoke hearts are added to this traditional Italian panzanella salad, consisting of toasted bread & juicy tomatoes! This salad is easy to make & perfect served as a spring or summer side dish, or a light lunch or dinner.

Toasted bread cubes, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese in large oval bowl with spoon in bowl

When it comes to salads, I know that most people immediately think a base of greens with various toppings. Well, the panzanella salad says forget the greens, we’re going straight for the bread and tomatoes!

This classic Tuscan bread salad is popular in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak. A traditional panzanella salad is composed of stale Italian bread and ripe tomatoes. It’s tossed in a dressing of olive oil and vinegar. The juice from the tomatoes, combined with the dressing, softens the stale bread and creates a deliciously fun salad!

I don’t know about you, but I’m always down to add a little crispy deliciousness to my salads! This Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad gets regular requests from friends when I host dinner parties. And this Crispy Goat Cheese Salad is always in the rotation at our house!

The best part about a panzanella salad is that it’s so easy to make! If you don’t already have stale or toasted bread, toast that up first, then simply toss everything together in a bowl.

I added fresh basil, sliced red onion and artichoke hearts to my version of the panzanella salad. All of these fresh ingredients combined with crunchy pieces of bread creates one seriously delicious salad!

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