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Panzanella (Bread Salad)

  • PREP: 30 minutes
  • SERVES: 6


Classic Ciabatta Bread Mix 5 x 500g
  • Classic Ciabatta Bread Mix 5 x 500g
  • 1 Ciabatta loaf (slightly stale)
  • 1kg fresh plum tomatoes
  • 2 red peppers, (skinned)
  • 2 yellow peppers, (skinned)
  • 1 small red chilli, de-seeded & chopped
  • 100g capers, rinsed and drained
  • 12 large green olives
  • 6 Asparagus sprigs (cooked)
  • A handful of cooked Haricot Beans
  • 1 Avocado (chopped)
  • 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A handful fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped, to garnish



1. Skin the tomatoes by cutting a shallow cross into the bottom of each, then plunge them into boiling water for about 30 seconds.Carefully transfer them into a bowl of iced water so the skins peel off easily.
2. Cut each tomato into quarters, scoop out the seeds and place into a sieve over a bowl. Press the seeds and pulp through the sieve to release the juice into a bowl. Put the tomato quarters into a separate bowl.
3. Cut each of the skinned red and yellow peppers into eight pieces and add to the tomato quarters.
4. Add the chilli, capers and olives.
5. Tear the Ciabatta into large chunks and place into a separate bowl.
6. Add the vinegar, garlic and oil to the sieved tomato juice. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whisk well to combine the flavours together.
7.  Throw over the beans with the chopped avocado and add the asparagus before garnishing with the fresh basil leaves.

Dear Deb, Thank you for sending on the info below, it arrived yesterday. The contents were much appreciated, as was the advice you previously sent by email. Again, thank you. Kindest regards,


Deb's Tips

Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad consisting of tomatoes that is popular in the summer. The stale bread is soaked with the flavour of the tomatoes (sometimes also onions and basil) dressed with olive oil and vinegar. This is delicious made with bread from either our Ciabatta, Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia or Parmesan & Sundried Tomato mixes. Deb the Bread

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