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Panzanella with Pesto-ey Grains

Panzanella with Pesto-ey Grains

Panzanella is a classic salad from Tuscany that’s made with the freshest, ripest tomatoes, aromatic basil leaves, lightly pickled onions and crunchy croutons. It’s useful for finishing up that half-eaten loaf that’s gone stale in the bread bin, turning it into croutons that will soak up all the delicious tomato and vinegar juices in the salad bowl. The flavours go brilliantly with our pesto-ey grains. Use a variety of colours and types of tomato so the salad looks its most striking.


  • Serves 4

  • 10

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free and vegetarians

Herby Italian Style Grains



  1. Cut the tomatoes into chunks of different shapes and sizes and place in a large bowl. Spoon over 4 tablespoons of the olive oil so the tomatoes are well coated.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Separate the layers and spread them out in a small dish. Spoon over the vinegar, ½ teaspoon of the salt and the sugar.
  3. Cut the bread into roughly 2.5cm chunks.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the chunks of bread until they are golden and crisp. Sprinkle with the remaining salt.
  5. Mix the onion and vinegar with the tomatoes and croutons. Mix the grains with the basil leaves, reserving a few leaves to garnish the salad.
  6. Combine the tomato and grain mixtures and transfer to a serving dish. Add a good drizzle of olive oil and garnish with the reserved basil leaves.

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