Thursday, August 13, 2015

Recipe: Greek Style Panzanella Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Pan-Fried Olive Oil Croutons

This traditional Italian bread salad is given a Greek twist with feta cheese and kalamata olives. Crunchy pan-fried olive oil croutons are hard to resist (recipe here).

I'm so happy that the pretty little fruits on my two big Sun Sugar cherry tomato plants have finally started to ripen because this Greek Style Panzanella Salad is one of my favorite summer recipes. I'd never been a fan of panzanella, which I always thought of as soggy bread salad, until a few years ago when I came across Ina Garten's Greek style version.

I have five words for you: pan-fried olive oil croutons.

This colorful salad is made with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onion, and crunchy homemade croutons, all tossed with a flavorful red wine vinaigrette.

It makes a great side dish for grilled meats and a perfect light supper or lunch. I've even eaten the leftovers for breakfast. To make it more substantial, try stirring in some organic garbanzo beans. Enjoy!

P.S. Easy Italian Countryside Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce with basil, capers, and olives and Greek  Salad Pita Bread Sandwiches with baby spinach and quick kalamata olive tapenade.

©, where the kitchen garden tomatoes are even better late than never.


  1. Love, love, love this one! Our persnickety beloved heirloom tomatoes have been uber slow this season, and peppers as well. Thankfully, a great farmstand down the road has fine tomatoes and a great pepper selection from spicy to tasty sweet. First batch of salsa last week is long gone, and 2nd batch of gazpacho (Ina's too!) in the fridge! Realize Ina's panzanella is exactly her gazpacho, just whirred up and sans pan. ;) Thanks for the reminder of this beautiful salad. Don't you adore big batches of great food that are even better the next day for breakfast? Why don't you come over for gazpacho this morning? We'll even have toasted bagels with! Hugs to youse, kiddo!

  2. Oh, yum! Susan, I could never in a million years get The Shepherd to eat this salad, but maybe if I take it to a potluck, there will be some left over. Made a chicken stew with some end of summer vegies tonight - it was delish - I may have to write down the recipe before I forget it - LOL, That's what I love Pinterest for! Electronic hoarding :-) T.


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