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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Caprese Panzanella

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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  • 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


  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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  8. Hemaposted August 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm Reply

    All your photos are stunning – and the vegetarian recipes are great!

  9. jam&jampaposted August 18, 2014 at 6:32 am Reply

    Made this recipe last week and it was wonderful. Easy and it really was just as good the next day. Letting it sit allows the bread to soak up flavors but not get too mushy. I have to bring a lunch this week so I’m making this again the day before. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Rating: 5
  10. Nancyposted June 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm Reply

    What’s a balsamic glaze?

    • Sommerposted June 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm Reply

      HI Nancy,

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

      • Heidiposted August 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

        Do you put anything in your balsamic vinegar when you are reducing it?

      • Sommerposted August 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Hi Heidi, a little sugar helps. :)

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  12. Trish @ Well Worn Forkposted June 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

    I am CRAVING this salad now!

  13. Meredithposted June 26, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply

    Favorite flavor combo, this sounds amazing!

  14. Gabyposted June 26, 2014 at 8:12 am Reply

    So gorgeous, one of my very favorite summer salads!

  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted June 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm Reply

    This is so incredibly gorgeous!

    Rating: 5
  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted June 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Simple, gorgeous and delicious! Pinned!

  17. Kathy @ Olives & Garlicposted June 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm Reply

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

  18. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted June 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

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

  19. naomiposted June 25, 2014 at 11:09 am Reply

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

  20. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted June 25, 2014 at 9:39 am Reply

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

    Hope you are loving Italy. xox

  21. Leanneposted June 25, 2014 at 9:14 am Reply

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

  22. Tieghanposted June 25, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

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

  23. Amandaposted June 25, 2014 at 8:26 am Reply

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

  24. Christine from Cook the Storyposted June 25, 2014 at 8:12 am Reply

    This looks so flippin’ delicious!

  25. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 25, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply

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

  26. Mariaposted June 25, 2014 at 7:26 am Reply

    Beautiful summer salad!

  27. marlaposted June 25, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    Great salad Somme & vibrant photos :)

  28. Bri | Bites of Briposted June 25, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

    This is the prettiest panzanella!

  29. Jenny Flakeposted June 25, 2014 at 6:39 am Reply

    Yes please! Perfect summer salad!!

  30. Heather Christoposted June 25, 2014 at 6:16 am Reply

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

  31. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 25, 2014 at 5:54 am Reply

    A perfect summer salad!

  32. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted June 25, 2014 at 5:13 am Reply

    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.