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Panzanella Caprese Salad


Panzanella Caprese Salad

The perfect easy summer dinner salad Panzanella Caprese Salad from

Say hello to my current favorite dinner: panzanella caprese salad.

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Let’s be real. It’s basically bread and cheese with beautiful summer cherry tomatoes in the most delicious balsamic glaze ever. But we can call it salad, so therefore…it’s obviously full of vegetables and not bread and cheese, right?

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Ok, so that’s not how it works, but I can justify almost anything based on the word salad. Anything. Including eating copious amounts of bread and cheese.

You’re welcome.

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad

I know I’ve professed my deep love of all things Caprese before. I am feeling that times three this summer as one of the things I am definitely craving during this twin pregnancy is fresh tomatoes. But the problem I was running into was regular Caprese, which has always been my go to summer lunch or light dinner was just too light. I’d have to eat like two balls of fresh mozzarella to feel remotely full and then I’d be hungry three minutes later.

Ingredients for Panzanella Caprese Salad

Ingredients for Panzanella Caprese Salad

So the salad needed bulk. And what better way to bulk up a Caprese than with carbs in the form of delicious, golden brown cubed Italian bread? Anyway, for the rest of summer this is your meal. Toasted Italian bread brushed with olive oil, fresh mozzarella, and cheese.

Chopping cherry tomatoes

The bulk of the prep: chopping the cherry tomatoes

It’s super easy to put together. Just cube up half a loaf of good Italian bakery bread and brush it with olive oil. Sprinkle it with garlic, salt, and pepper and pop it in the oven and bake it in until its golden.

Cherry tomatoes

Summer perfection

While the bread is oven getting happy, get the balsamic and honey going on a burner. Cook it over medium heat until it bubbles and thickens. By the time the balsamic glaze is done, the bread will happy too. All golden and crunchy and yummy. Like softer bread croutons. So good.

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Then you toss it all together with the halved, cherry tomatoes and the beautiful little mozzarella balls and some basil. Drizzle the balsamic glaze on and boom, summer goodness on a plate.

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad

The perfect light summer dinner.

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Yields 1 large salad

Serves 2-4 servings

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Panzanella Caprese Salad is the perfect summer dinner salad. This hearty take on Caprese salad comes together quickly, in under twenty minutes.

10 minPrep Time

7 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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    For the salad
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces of mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • half a loaf of a loaf of bakery Italian bread, cut into cubes
  • 4 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • For the balsamic glaze
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs of honey


    For the salad
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cube the bread into roughly 1 inch cubes. Toss with 3 tbs olive oil and one cube of crushed garlic. Spread out evenly onto a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for about 5 minutes or until golden. Turn bread over and bake for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. While bread is in the oven, halve the cherry tomatoes and set aside.
  4. Toss the bread with remaining olive oil, cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Finish with balsamic glaze.
  5. For the balsamic glaze
  6. Add one cup of balsamic vinegar to a small sauce pan over medium heat and whisk in two tablespoons of honey. Cook until the mixture comes to a slow boil and reduces to make a thick syrup (about 5 minutes), stirring regularly. Remove from heat and pour on salad.


lacto vegetarian
egg free
soy free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

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  1. Luci
    This salad looks so delicious. I love the chunkiness of the salad with all the cheese, tomatoes and toast.
  2. Diana tidswell
    These looks yummy and very healthy as well. I love salad and I can't wait to make this at home.
  3. Kasey Ma
    Wow this looks so yummy, and these pictures are beautiful. Kasey Ma

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