Panzanella Salad Recipe

Italy's Panzanella Salad uses stale bread to make it special. Try it tonight!


Red Wine Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, sliced
  • 1 bunch arugula, rinsed and dried well, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 head radicchio, rinsed and dried well, sliced or torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta, cut into 1/2" cubes (about 1/2 a pound)
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 1/4 pound gorgonzola dolce cheese, chunked into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 pound castelveltrano olives, cut into 1/4" slices


Make the vinaigrette:
  1. Whisk the vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to infuse the vinegar.
  2. Vigorously whisk the olive oil into the vinegar in a thin, steady stream until the dressing thickens. Set aside.
Make the crispy prosciutto:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Place the prosciutto slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the prosciutto is starting to brown and crisp around the edges like bacon.
  3. Slide the prosciutto, still on the parchment paper, onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  4. Break the cooled prosciutto into bite-size chunks with your hands. (While the prosciutto bakes and cools, slice and prep the rest of your salad ingredients.)
Assemble the salad:
  1. Toss the prosciutto, arugula, radicchio, ciabatta, tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and olives together in a large serving bowl. 
  2. Whisk the dressing briefly to recombine if separated, then toss a bit at a time with the salad, tasting and adjusting until it's dressed to your liking. 
  3. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 240
Calories 413

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 840mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

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