Tomato Basil Panzanella Recipe

This tomato basil panzanella recipe is simple to create and spectacular to serve. Serve it is as a salad alongside a light supper or serve it as a meal in and of itself. The bread makes it hearty and filling.

This is a great "tweener" meal that can be served in a variety of situations. This recipe was supplied by the original owner of BasilBasics and we decided to give it a try when we were away on vacation. It was such a hit, that it has found its way back home with us. A real treat to serve on those Friday nights where heavy cooking was not something we were looking forward to. Give it a try and tell is what you think by commenting at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing your suggestions!


  • 6 cups stale country style bread, cubed
  • 6 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Place the bread in a large salad bowl. Add the tomatoes, garlic and basil. Toss to combine. Add the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss well. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes prior to serving.


Here are a few more great basil salad ideas you might want to try.

Summer Basil Pasta Salad Basil Pasta Salad with Arugula
Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Salad Corn and Asparagus Salad

Basil Soup Recipes

Perhaps your guest would prefer a soup rather than an salad. Here are a few basil soup recipes that are sure to please everyone.

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup la Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato Basil Bisque Basil White Bean and Tomato Soup
Low Fat Fresh Tomato and Basil Soup

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