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Burrata panzanella salad in a bowl surrounded by loaf of bread, grey dish towel, and a tomato

Burrata Panzanella Salad

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This burrata panzanella is an Italian bread salad with juicy tomatoes, crunchy toasted bread, fresh basil, and creamy burrata cheese. It’s a simple and delicious summertime side dish ready in under 30 minutes.


Ingredients

Scale

Panzanella Salad

  • 4 thick slices of sourdough bread, cut into 1 inch chunks (about 6 cups of bread)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 1/4 packed cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ball burrata cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • A few grinds of pepper

Balsamic Dressing

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • A few grinds of pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss the bread pieces with olive oil. Spread the bread out on a large baking sheet. 
  3. Bake the bread for 15 minutes, tossing it halfway through. Bread will be crunchy and just beginning to turn light golden brown.
  4. While the bread is drying in the oven, toss together the tomatoes, basil, and red onion in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add all the dressing ingredients to a small jar. Close the jar and shake it up to combine.
  6. Add the dried bread to the mixing bowl with the tomatoes. Pour the dressing over everything and gently toss it up.
  7. Transfer the salad to a shallow bowl for serving. Top with the burrata cheese in the center.
  8. Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, freshly cracked pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  9. If you can, wait 30 minutes before digging in to allow the bread to absorb the flavors.

Notes

Can I prepare panzanella in advance?

Yes! Since you dry out the bread in this recipe, it doesn’t get mushy as it sits. You can prep this recipe up to 24 hours in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

What to serve with panzanella

This panzanella is the perfect fresh side dish for any meal! I would pair it with your favorite protein to make it a well balanced meal, such as salmon, tofu, cod, or shrimp.

You could also serve it at a BBQ or cookout since you can prepare it in advance!

Keywords: burrata panzanella, tomato bread salad, panzanella salad, italian bread salad