This salad is so delicious! It’s the kind of salad that just gets better after sitting a bit, so make sure you have seconds. The bread!!! Oh, the delicious bread! Simple, fresh, and surprisingly filling. Too good not to share.


You will need:

3-4 slices of thick cut sourdough bread, sliced into cubes
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup baby mozzarella balls, halved
Salt and fresh cracked pepper

For the vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss to coat the bread and pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until bread is golden and crisp. Set aside to cool.

In the meantime, prep the vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk together the fresh lemon juice, shallots, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar. Slowly add in the olive oil, whisking vigorously until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Season with salt, fresh cracked pepper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add in the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, baby spinach, mozzarella, and cooled bread cubes. Drizzle with a little bit of the vinaigrette and toss everything to coat.

Serve right away, or let the salad sit in the fridge for an hour or two to let the bread soak up the vinaigrette.

Hope you like it!


  • Jess

    this looks amazing!!

  • ~ Carmen ~

    YuuuUuum. This looks so tasty & refreshing. I like the dijon mustard in the dressing. It always gives it a nice kick! :] // ☼

  • Kat Seltzer-Bettger

    Ha!!! I was totally going to make this tonight, but I didn’t have the good bread! Great minds or I read this blog so much that you’re influencing my thinking. Thanks for the great content. Xo

  • Kat Seltzer-Bettger

    Gwyenth Paltrows recipe in My Fathers Daughter is insanely flavorful. She adds anchovies to the dressing and my three year old is crazy about it.

  • Cristina

    oh you fished your inspiration right in my homeland this time! Of course this salad is delicious, these ingredients go so well together! You can either enjoy the crispy bread right aways or let it soak and it will be moist and absorb all the juices…it’s up to you.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenny

    Super yummi! Love salad!!!

    big hugs

  • Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life

    Yum! Love summer salads. This one has all the right elements.

  • Kelley Anne

    I had a version of this at a friend’s house in Italy many years ago. It was delicious then too.

  • Martina

    This thing makes me really laugh… in a positive way :)
    I’d really like to introduce you the real Panzanella (i didn’t even expected that in America you know this word!).

    The Panzanella is a recipe that comes from Tuscany, Italy. The real one is made with our tipical bread and the most important thing is to use an OLD bread (yeah, it has to be hard and dry). Then, you put it into a bowl with water and “wine vinegar”; it has to absorb this liquid and become softer! Then, squeeze it and break it into very little pieces (like crumbs): put them into a salad bowl with pieces of fresh tomatoes, onion and basilico… salt and, of course, a lot of olive oil :)
    Try it, this is a very simple and poor recipe and its origins come from the tuscan peasant families. Today you can do a lot of changes, but remember: this is the real one… and, in my opinion, the best one :)

  • Courtney Rose

    I’m thinking this is going to be my lunch today! (minus the mozzarella) YUM. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Taylor

    I love a good panzanella! My favorite is with homemade parmesean croutons and roasted cherry tomatoes with mozzarella! Yum!


  • petal and plume

    oh how divine does this look!?

  • Kylie Brooks

    yummmmmm – i’m always on the prowl in the middle of summer for yummy & light meal ideas. this one looks hella delicious.

  • Jackie

    So excited to try this! I eat a salad every day for lunch and I’m totally stuck in a rut right now. Thanks so much for sharing.


  • Alexandra

    Perfect. I’m trying to learn how to love salad – this looks like a good start.

    Warm regards,

  • Jemima

    Woah, yum. I’ve recently gotten back into salads after years of thinking I hated them and now I crave it all the time?! Thank you, maturing taste buds. This is definitely one to add to my steadily growing awesome salad repertoire.


  • Yaarah

    Made if, so so great! Thanks!

  • Ashley H.

    I made this last night and it was delicious – brought the leftovers with me for lunch today!

  • nikki

    this sounds so good!


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