Tomato and Cucumber Panzanella Salad
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Tomato and Cucumber Panzanella Salad

A classic summer panzanella made with homemade croutons, grape or cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and fresh basil. 

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people, as a side
Calories 161 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Croutons:

  • 2 cups bread cut in 1” cubes
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt

Salad:

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber sliced (about 1 cup once sliced)*
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced (about 2/3 cup once sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 TB red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped (or torn) fresh basil
  • croutons see recipe above

Special Equipment:

Instructions

For the Croutons:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 

  2. Toss the bread squares in the olive oil and spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Parchment is optional if your baking sheet doesn't have an issue with food sticking. Sprinkle the bread with a pinch of salt. Bake until the bread is crispy, or about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. 

For the Salad:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, and red onion slices. 

  2. Sprinkle the veggies with salt, and toss to combine and evenly coat the salad. Add the olive oil and red wine vinegar, and gently toss to combine and evenly coat the salad. Allow the ingredients to rest about 10-15 minutes, on the counter at room temperature, to soften the onions and marinate the veggies. 

  3. Add the black pepper, basil, and cooled croutons. Gently toss the salad to combine the ingredients. Serve immeadiately.  

Recipe Notes

*I like to peel the cucumber before slicing, but this is just my preference. The peel may be left on, if desired. 

This salad should be enjoyed the day it's made since the croutons will quickly soften due to the vinegar dressing.