How to make an Italian Stale Bread Salad Recipe and Video

How to make an Italian Stale Bread Salad Recipe and Video
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Simple and easy to follow recipe for Italian Stale Bread Salad (Panzanella)
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
  • 1 loaf Stale bread, bite sized
  • 1 pound Cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • splash Balsamic vinegar
  • handfull Fresh basil
  • 1 Small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Spring onions, thinly sliced
  • Dash Salt & pepper
  1. This particular version of the classic Tuscan bread salad is somewhat adulterated, and there are about 1 million ways of making this salad. You can add cucumber, parsley, boiled eggs, different types of onions, different tomatoes (I just happened to have some cherry tomatoes ready for eating), and number of other variations.
  2. This is definitely a summer salad, and you don't want to be trying to make this in the winter. Of course–you could also call this a Greek stale bread salad or a Turkish style bread salad or any other of a number of countries. Basically–anywhere where you can get fresh tomatoes fresh basil and stale bread.
  3. This video shows just how easy it is, and gave me an excuse to try out my new video editing software. There are a lot of other approaches as well–some people prefer the bread to be somewhat soft and soggy–so if you have some really stale hard bread, you can actually soak in water to soften up a little before you make salad.
  4. One thing you need to avoid using is American style sliced bread–things like Wonder Bread for example. This is not actually bread as far as I'm concerned, and it has so much sugar in it, not only will it just turn into a mushy blob, it is far too sweet. Any sweetness in this recipe needs to come from the onions and tomatoes.
  5. I hope you enjoyed watching this video, and I plan to be making more recipe videos in the future.