This nectarine panzanella salad with za’tar croutons is a delectable showcase for the spring and summer seasons. One bite and you’ll catch yourself doing the happy food dance. It has a light and tangy red wine dressing that pairs perfectly with all of the fresh fruits and vegetables.
When I notice that I have bread that is about to go bad or it’s a week old and I’ve already kept it longer than it’s normal shelf life, I actually get excited because that only means one thing…I get to make a Panzanella salad! Panzanella essentially is an italian bread salad that is made with old (not fresh) bread and tossed with olive oil, spices and other garden vegetables and fruits.
There are a ton of different ways to make panzanella. But, if you look closely, I took the liberty to elevate my salad with nectarines for some sweetness, tomatoes for juiciness, a plethora of tri-color radish for some color, cabbage and radicchio for some crunch and pearl mozzarella balls for some soft tenderness. The combination is truly unmatched. In addition, I added the za’tar flavored panzanella croutons for a unique twist to the dish. I am telling you, this salad will have you running to your nearest farmers market on the weekend to snag all of the goodies so you can make this stat.
How do I serve this Panzanella Salad?
This has easily become one of my favorite dishes because you can serve it as a main dish for lunch or as a side dish for dinners and parties. I love serving this with grilled chicken breast or thighs, oven roasted salmon, burgers, BBQ sandwiches or plump succulent shrimp. However, if you’re not into adding any protein that’s perfectly okay. Enjoy it as is and it is a dish that will still keep you full and satisfied.
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This nectarine panzanella salad with za’tar croutons is a delectable showcase for the spring and summer seasons. One bite and you’ll catch yourself doing the happy food dance. The light and tangy dressing pairs perfectly with the fresh ingredients.
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