Summer Panzanella


A delightfully light and refreshing summer panzanella salad for your dinner table! This is a great way to use up all the abundant summer produce and a great dinner side item or even as an entree!

I believe that the older you get, the more gratifying it is to let sh!t go and to not care about the little things. With all the other worries in life, there are just some minute things that aren’t worth your time and you can let karma take care of the rest. I firmly believe in karma and firmly believe that the good always win and come out on top.

Some of you might remember this little episode that happened last year. One of them actually reached out to me last week (by total mistake but probably the best mistake) and apologized. She was actually the one I was most upset about losing last year because her and I were good friends (we were exercise buddies and tried a lot of workout studios together on top of just being relatable to one another) and our husbands really liked hanging out with each other. She was the one that I couldn’t understand why she unfriended me when she was never involved in the first place. I don’t necessarily blame her, though, because I know I’ve definitely been in her position before. It’s difficult to speak up sometimes when you’re in a group of friends and even more difficult to do something opposite than what the ‘group’ wants you to do. Despite all that, the bigger person stems from being able to recognize what was wrong and being able to apologize.

I’m very grateful that her mistake got us talking again and it made me realize being loyal, honest, and genuine can only make you come out on top in the end.

At the end of the day, miserable people only want to bring you down and drag you down to their level because misery loves company. It sucks losing friends but friends wouldn’t have done what was done. Just remember that the next time you’re in a situation like mine; are they your real friends? And also remember this the next time someone tries to talk you into bullying another; how would you feel if tables were turned?

A delightfully light and refreshing summer panzanella salad for your dinner table! This is a great way to use up all the abundant summer produce and a great dinner side item or even as an entree!

Okay so I’ve been OBSESSED with panzanella this summer. I know it’s been around for ages but this summer, I think I was on a grilled/crunchy bread kick and wanted it incorporated in all my meals This summer panzanella checks off every item on my list: summer produce, grilled bread, basil, and cheese.

You literally toss this all together with olive oil, salt, and pepper and it makes it the most light and refreshing salad for summer!

Summer is almost over so take advantage and make this summer panzanella now and see why I’m so obsessed!

A delightfully light and refreshing summer panzanella salad for your dinner table! This is a great way to use up all the abundant summer produce and a great dinner side item or even as an entree!

You’re gonna want to savor summer and make this ASAP!

Summer Panzanella
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This summer panzanella is a refreshing and light summer salad that you will absolutely get hooked on! It's a great way to use up all that abundant summer produce!

Servings: 3 -4 servings
  • 2 1/2 cups herbed focaccia bread, cubed
  • 1 cup quartered cucumbers
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 3/4 cup red grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 3/4 cup yellow grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 ounces mozzarella balls
  • leaves Handful of fresh basil, julienned
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place cubed bread onto a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake cubed bread on the middle rack for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted and crisp.
  4. In a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and toss to mix up. Drizzle more olive oil on top and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

We've grilled the bread (sliced the loaf in half and drizzled olive oil, salt and pepper on top) before but we also have toasted this in the oven. Either way you choose to do it is fine.


Posted on August 29, 2016

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  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    08/29/2016 at 8:01 am

    I’ll take mine with extra cheese and croutons please ;)

  2. Marla Meridith
    08/29/2016 at 8:50 am

    WOW! Such a beautiful, fresh salad!

  3. Maria
    08/29/2016 at 9:18 am

    My favorite!

  4. Heather Christo
    08/29/2016 at 3:10 pm

    I always think that navigating friendships can be tricky when unpleasant circumstances like that come up- but you are so right about Karma and about always trying to do the right thing. Glad that things have worked out the way you wanted them to, and by the way this salad looks absolutely delicious!

  5. Gaby Dalkin
    08/29/2016 at 4:54 pm

    I will have to try this before summer is over!

  6. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    08/30/2016 at 4:34 am

    I am so happy that I read this post. I had a similar situation and it made me so sad and disappointed. I guess it just happens from time to time, we’re only humans. But it still hurts. Thank you for sharing. And the salad is so beautiful.

    • Julie
      08/30/2016 at 7:01 am

      It definitely happens and we can only learn from it. Thank you, friend <3

  7. Stephen Rennick
    09/06/2016 at 2:45 pm

    Very nice presentation and yummy recipe. Thanks for the pride you take in your blog RECIPES. Honestly, I’m not sure about the banter, but it sounds like you really got your feelings hurt.
    Rejoice in the fact that you are an artful cook, and willing to generously share your talent. Best wishes………

  8. stanp
    05/08/2017 at 7:16 pm

    Have a family picnic coming up and this will make a nice addition to the menu.

  9. Gaby Dalkin
    05/19/2017 at 12:31 pm

    So many gorgeous colors and flavors!!

  10. barbara
    08/31/2017 at 5:39 pm

    Salad was AMAZING! Such a great summer meal xoxo!

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