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Panzanella is an Italian salad that's usually made with white bread and served as a side dish; however, in this easy recipe, whole wheat bread, bacon, and potatoes transform the classic into a robust and healthy dinner.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
55 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine bread cubes and 2 tablespoons of the oil; toss well to coat. Spread in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

  • In the same large bowl combine potatoes, onion, another 2 tablespoons oil, and the salt and pepper; toss well to coat. Line a second 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Spread potato mixture in the prepared baking pan. Place both pans in the oven. Bake bread cubes for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Bake potato mixture for 30 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Stir mixture in each pan once halfway through baking time.

  • For dressing, in a small screw-top jar combine the remaining 1/4 cup oil, the vinegar, and mustard. Cover and shake well to combine.

  • In a large bowl combine bread cubes, potato mixture, romaine, tomatoes, bacon, and, if desired, parsley. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.


To crisp-cook bacon, place slices in an unheated large skillet. Place over medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes or until crisp, turning once or twice. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 4mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 24g; mono fat 11g; poly fat 2g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 3g; protein 5g; vitamin a 1285.9IU; vitamin c 10.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.3mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 32.2mcg; sodium 411mg; potassium 397mg; calcium 16mg; iron 0.8mg.