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Viva Panzanella

Add some white beans, and suddenly the traditional Italian bread and tomato salad is filling enough to stand on its own. It’s a great way to use fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmers market. —Patricia Levenson, Santa Ana, California


  • 3/4 pound sourdough bread, cubed (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 8 medium), chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 1 cup thinly sliced roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, toss bread with oil and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, beans, artichokes, peppers, basil, onion, olives, capers and bread.
  • In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
2-2/3 cups: 424 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1004mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein.
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  • ebramkamp
    Jul 7, 2019

    This was absolutely delicious and was also a beautiful presentation. I kept the dressing on the side. It makes a great meal especially on hot days when I don't feel like cooking. My husband added freshly shaved parmesan to his.

  • darlyn29
    Sep 13, 2016

    Very good salad, I make it often. Recipe worked for me as it is written, I didn't have to make adjustments. :)

  • Fuddge
    Jun 26, 2012

    Great taste. I agree with harper723 and debharas. Will make often.

  • aug2295
    Aug 13, 2011

    I loved this! Armed with the info from the prior reviews, I didn't toss the whole salad with dressing but served it on the side. I found it was delicious and I kept picking on this from the fridge later. I left out the olives and capers and used a fresh pepper from the garden. Definitely not expensive for us since most of the ingredients came from the garden or were already in my pantry. All I had to buy was sourdough bread and artichokes hearts (which were the one thing I didn't like in this).

  • cbredek
    May 11, 2011

    Made this for a night poolside. It was fabulous! The flavor was great and I had to share the recipe with my friends as they wanted to make it! Let it stand 5 minutes before serving once you have put on the dressing.

  • sealmeat
    Apr 8, 2011

    Without dressing, I would give this salad 2.5 stars, but as written, it is terrible.Strike 1: The dressing overpowers the other flavors in what would otherwise be a delightfully flavorful salad--when you can't taste capers and greek olives, you know something's off. 5 bites in and the vinegar was so nauseating that I threw the lot in the trash and ate cold cereal for dinner. Sad, since there are a lot of pricey ingredients in there. My kids (ages 9, 7, 4) were finished with it after the first bite.Strike 2: the dressing made the toasted bread soggy right off, which killed the texture of the salad.Strike 3: The recipe makes a HUGE quantity, and to qualify as an entre, you have to eat a HEAPING dinner plate full of what should be an exciting salad, but is really a soggy mess of vinegar. You simply cannot taste the individual flavors.Suggested Changes: dress with a lighter flavored vinegarette; use fresh red peppers rather than roasted for better texture; add bread AFTER tossing salad with dressing to avoid soggy bread; if there will be leftovers, serve dressing on the side for better storage.

  • harper723
    Apr 6, 2011

    I made this recipe as a meat-free Lenten dinner. It made enough to last a few days and the flavors are wonderful. The only thing I changed was not tossing the dressing with the whole salad- I set out the dressing for people to add as they chose. Fantastic recipe all around!

  • debharas
    Apr 3, 2011

    Very good salad, unique taste makes this a winner. Love the bread incorporated into the salad. Ate as a meal and it was quite filling.