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Panzanella Salad Recipe

Our Panzanella salad recipe is quick and simple. The bread needs 13 minutes of baking, and while it’s baking, you can prep the ingredients to make the salad in just 15 minutes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Tuscan
Keyword: how to make panzanella salad, panzanella salad, panzanella salad recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 4 oz French baguette cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 oz cucumbers halved then sliced
  • 0.5 oz red onions sliced
  • 1 oz basil about 10-12 leaves


  • Preheat the air fryer/ oven to 300°F (or 150°C).
    Preheat the air fryer
  • Toss 4 oz cubed baguette with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Make sure to sprinkle the dry ingredients so every piece of bread is coated evenly.
    step 2: Toss the bread cubes with the seasonings
  • Add the seasoned baguette cubes into the air fryer basket and spread them out in one layer. Air-fry for 13 minutes to make golden, crispy croutons. If you’re using the oven, spread them out onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
    step 3: Air-fry (or bake) the bread cubes to make crunchy croutons
  • Meanwhile, in a dressing bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1 tsp whole grain mustard. Whisk until you no longer see two layers separating.
    step 4: Whisk together the dressing ingredients
  • In a large salad bowl toss 10 oz halved cherry tomatoes, 4 oz sliced cucumbers, 0.5 oz sliced red onions, and 1 oz basil with the dressing.
    step 5: Toss the vegetables with the dressing
  • To serve, add the crispy croutons to the bowl and toss quickly. Only toss the croutons right before serving or they’ll be soft.
    step 6: Quickly toss in the crispy croutons and serve


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg