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A delicious Bread and Tomato Salad, Panzanella is a great dish to use up stale bread and ripe tomatoes in true zero waste fashion!



Total time

15 minutes


Sides, Dinner


  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 stale bread slices
  • 3 tbs olive oil ((divided))
  • 2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt, pepper
  • 6 fresh basil leaves


  1. Wash and dry tomatoes then slice and put into a bowl. Remove any hard parts and the stem.
  2. Peel and thinly slice red onion. Add to the tomatoes.
  3. Prepare salad dressing: combine 3 tbs olive oil and 2 tbs white balsamic vinegar. Peel and thinly slice or grate garlic cloves and add to the oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste and combine well with a fork or a whisk. Pour dressing on top of salad.
  4. Cut stale bread into slices or chunks. Add to the salad and combine well. Let rest for about 5 minutes, to let the bread soak up juices, then serve, topped with a couple fresh basil leaves.
  5. View the recipe instructions at Vibrant Plates

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