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Caprese Panzanella

A vibrant panzanella with all the fresh flavors of an Italian Caprese salad. This bowl of summer goodness is a feast for the senses, and the glory of the dinner table.

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The beauty of Italian food is that it’s all about celebrating fresh local ingredients.

It’s simple. It’s rustic. It’s made with so much care, it’s utterly irresistible.

Our Estate d’Italia (Summer of Italy) continues today with a panzanella, a salad loaded not only with tons of veggies, but hearty toasted homemade croutons.

We make panzanella salads all summer long, incorporating as many garden goodies as possible, yet this caprese version, offers fresh tangy red and golden tomatoes, sweet basil leaves, garlic, shallots, teeny-tiny mozzarella balls… All the fabulous flavors of a good caprese style salad.

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This Caprese Panzanella is an absolute hit with my family and friends. It’s amazing how fast a salad disappears when it incorporates an abundance of buttery croutons, and is drizzled with earthy olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar.

Start by loading all your veggies and mozzarella balls into a big salad bowl. Then melt butter in a large skillet, and toss in large sour dough cubes. Toast the croutons on all sides and mix them into the salad.

Drizzle with oil and balsamic glaze, and you’ve got an italian salad that can make a meal.

Buon Appetito!

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Caprese Panzanella
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Caprese Panzanella

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
A vibrant panzanella with all the fresh flavors of an Italian Caprese salad.
Servings: 8


  • 4 cups grape tomatoes
  • 3 cups golden grape tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 8 ounces mini mozzarella balls drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small shallot quartered and sliced thin
  • 4 cups cubed sour dough bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cut all the tomatoes in half and place in a large salad bowl. Tear 12-15 basil leaves into pieces and add them to the bowl. Then add the mozzarella balls, garlic and sliced shallots to the bowl.
  • Place the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it has melted, add the bread cubes to the skillet and toss to coat in butter. Toast the bread cubes on all sides until they are golden and crispy.
  • Add the toasted bread cubes to the salad. Toss, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze and serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 227kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 210mg, Potassium: 370mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1270IU, Vitamin C: 18.4mg, Calcium: 156mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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  2. This was absolutely delicious and a wonderful use of abundant summer tomatoes! I used French bread because that’s what I had and just made sure to toast a little longer.

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  10. All your photos are stunning – and the vegetarian recipes are great!

  11. Made this recipe last week and it was wonderful. Easy and it really was just as good the next day. Letting it sit allows the bread to soak up flavors but not get too mushy. I have to bring a lunch this week so I’m making this again the day before. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  12. What’s a balsamic glaze?

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  14. I am CRAVING this salad now!

  15. Favorite flavor combo, this sounds amazing!

  16. So gorgeous, one of my very favorite summer salads!

  17. Simple, gorgeous and delicious! Pinned!

  18. Love how vibrant the colors are in this panzanella. Delicious and gorgeous, my kind of food.

  19. This is GORGEOUS. I never get tired of caprese flavors and they look so good in this dish!

  20. Summer in a bowl -perfect! Hope you are taking lots of pics in Italy to share.

  21. I can’t wait for my own tomatoes to kick into high gear!

    Hope you are loving Italy. xox

  22. What a very pretty, tasteful summer salad. A great way to eat with your eyes first.

  23. Love these vibrant colors and flavors! Perfect summer lunch or dinner!

  24. Awesome salad, love the little mozzarella balls and the drizzle :)

  25. This looks so flippin’ delicious!

  26. This is so beautiful!! Love the contrast and the colors. Such a vibrant dish to have at any summer party!

  27. Beautiful summer salad!

  28. Great salad Somme & vibrant photos :)

  29. This is the prettiest panzanella!

  30. Yes please! Perfect summer salad!!

  31. Simple and delicious- just what a perfect summer salad should be!

  32. My little tomatoes are almost starting to turn ripe! I’m going to make this as soon as they are ready to pick. I love the idea of taking the caprese to the next level by adding bread.