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Grilled Panzanella Salad | lifemadesimplebakes.com
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5 from 4 votes

Panzanella Salad Recipe

Classic grilled panzanella salad is filled with rustic Italian bread and tomatoes. It's a great side dish that's hearty enough to eat on its own!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Greek
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 775kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small loaf Italian bread (sourdough or French works too), cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 3 tbsp oil (safflower, canola, peanut or avocado), divided
  • 1 large zucchini cut in half lengthwise and then cut to 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 8 oz heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar OR balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 oz mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil julienned
  • 8 oz mozzarella balls optional
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat grill (spray grill basket with non-stick high smoke point spray) or grill pan (season with a high smoke point oil) to medium-high heat.
  • Lightly brush both sides of the bread slices with 1 1/2 tbsp. oil and grill until marks appear; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining oil with the zucchini, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper, then toss to evenly coat. Grill the veggies on both sides (turning only once), about 4-5 minutes on each side; set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine the vinegar, mustard and garlic. Whisk vigorously while slowly pouring in the olive oil until emulsified. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper
  • In a large serving bowl, add the greens, basil, mozzarella, and the vegetables. Tear the bread into pieces and add. Pour the dressing over top, then toss to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

-I didn't have mozzarella balls on hand when I photographed this recipe, but I have made it a few times now with them and it's even more delicious!
-You can easily swap out the homemade vinaigrette for your favorite bottled kind.
-I prefer to use a non-propellant based spray or a paper towel soaked in oil to season my cold grill pan, the same would go for a standard grill.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1248IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg