Panzenella is a Tuscan bread salad, ideal for summer which does not follow a particular recipe. The two ingredients that do not change are tomatoes and bread.


1) 1 kg large fresh juicy tomatoes
2) 1 medium cucumber
3) 100 gm small mild olives
4) 1 medium onion, sliced
5) 100 gm sun dried tomatoes and their oil
6) 1 handful oregano, chopped
7) 1 handful parsley, chopped
8) 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
9) 2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar
10) 1 pinch sugar
11) Salt and pepper
12) 1 loaf Italian cibatta or French baguette, torn into pieces


1) Chop the tomatoes and cucumber roughly into 1 cm cubes, and place in a large bowl.
2) Stir in all the remaining ingredients except the bread, and taste for seasoning.
3) Add some lemon juice if you want a more tart salad.
4) Put the salad in the fridge and leave, covered, overnight until you are ready to eat. The flavor will melt into something magical.
5)Immediately before serving, tear the bread into small pieces and stir into the salad.

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