Greek Panzanella Salad: Detox Part 2

I’ve decided two key things about salad. 1. Lettuce is overrated. 2. Homemade dressing makes all the difference. The lettuce thing is obviously just in my humble opinion, but the dressing point is fact.
Don’t worry. Detox is almost over and I’ll return to globs of chocolate and butter by the end of the week (FYI, my version of detox is a lettuce-less salad with croutons and feta). 





Panzanella Salad Recipe:

Adapted from House Beautiful Jan 2009 (via my sister who tracked it down!)

3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 small French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 hothouse/english cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and diced
1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced (optional. i don’t like raw onion)

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/3 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. I love when Kim makes me this salad. It’s great.

  2. Julie Deneen says:

    I completely agree about lettuce being over-rated!! I can’t digest it yet love a lighter option for lunch–like a salad. I’m going to try this with some grilled chicken on top! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog! XO Julie

    • loveumadly says:

      Yumm.. Would be great with chicken. Maybe even shredded and tossed with the rest so it absorbs the yummy feta dressing.

  3. I love this salad!!! I had it for the first time at your sister’s house and it is my favorite!

  4. I am SO making this!!

Speak Your Mind