Caprese Panzanella

A vibrant panzanella with all the fresh flavors of an Italian Caprese salad. This bowl of summer goodness is a feast for the senses, and the glory of the dinner table.

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The beauty of Italian food is that it’s all about celebrating fresh local ingredients.

It’s simple. It’s rustic. It’s made with so much care, it’s utterly irresistible.

Our Estate d’Italia (Summer of Italy) continues today with a panzanella, a salad loaded not only with tons of veggies, but hearty toasted homemade croutons.

We make panzanella salads all summer long, incorporating as many garden goodies as possible, yet this caprese version, offers fresh tangy red and golden tomatoes, sweet basil leaves, garlic, shallots, teeny-tiny mozzarella balls… All the fabulous flavors of a good caprese style salad.

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This Caprese Panzanella is an absolute hit with my family and friends. It’s amazing how fast a salad disappears when it incorporates an abundance of buttery croutons, and is drizzled with earthy olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar.

Start by loading all your veggies and mozzarella balls into a big salad bowl. Then melt butter in a large skillet, and toss in large sour dough cubes. Toast the croutons on all sides and mix them into the salad.

Drizzle with oil and balsamic glaze, and you’ve got an italian salad that can make a meal.

Buon Appetito!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Caprese Panzanella

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups grape tomatoes
  • 3 cups golden grape tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 8 ounces mini mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small shallot, quartered and sliced thin
  • 4 cups cubed sour dough bread
  • 3 Tb. butter
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp. balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut all the tomatoes in half and place in a large salad bowl. Tear 12-15 basil leaves into pieces and add them to the bowl. Then add the mozzarella balls, garlic and sliced shallots to the bowl.
  2. Place the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it has melted, add the bread cubes to the skillet and toss to coat in butter. Toast the bread cubes on all sides until they are golden and crispy.
  3. Add the toasted bread cubes to the salad. Toss, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze and serve immediately.

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24 Responses to “Caprese Panzanella”

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt — June 25, 2014 @ 5:13 am

    My little tomatoes are almost starting to turn ripe! I’m going to make this as soon as they are ready to pick. I love the idea of taking the caprese to the next level by adding bread.

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — June 25, 2014 @ 5:54 am

    A perfect summer salad!

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    Heather Christo — June 25, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    Simple and delicious- just what a perfect summer salad should be!

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    Jenny Flake — June 25, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    Yes please! Perfect summer salad!!

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 25, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    This is the prettiest panzanella!

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    marla — June 25, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Great salad Somme & vibrant photos :)

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    Maria — June 25, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    Beautiful summer salad!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 25, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    This is so beautiful!! Love the contrast and the colors. Such a vibrant dish to have at any summer party!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — June 25, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    This looks so flippin’ delicious!

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    Amanda — June 25, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    Awesome salad, love the little mozzarella balls and the drizzle :)

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    Tieghan — June 25, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    Love these vibrant colors and flavors! Perfect summer lunch or dinner!

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    Leanne — June 25, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    What a very pretty, tasteful summer salad. A great way to eat with your eyes first.

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — June 25, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    I can’t wait for my own tomatoes to kick into high gear!

    Hope you are loving Italy. xox

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    naomi — June 25, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    Summer in a bowl -perfect! Hope you are taking lots of pics in Italy to share.

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 25, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

    This is GORGEOUS. I never get tired of caprese flavors and they look so good in this dish!

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — June 25, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    Love how vibrant the colors are in this panzanella. Delicious and gorgeous, my kind of food.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 25, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    Simple, gorgeous and delicious! Pinned!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 25, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

    This is so incredibly gorgeous!

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    Gaby — June 26, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    So gorgeous, one of my very favorite summer salads!

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    Meredith — June 26, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Favorite flavor combo, this sounds amazing!

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    Trish @ Well Worn Fork — June 26, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

    I am CRAVING this salad now!

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    Nancy — June 28, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    What’s a balsamic glaze?

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    • Sommer — June 28th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      HI Nancy,

      It’s a reduced and sweetened version of balsamic vinegar. You can either buy it or make it. :)

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