Savoury Peach Panzanella Salad is a simple, rustic bread salad that starts with a loaf of crusty bread turned into golden bread cubes. You then add a few fresh-from-the-market peaches, tomatoes, basil and cucumbers (and some ripped bocconcini or mozzarella cheese if you want), toss it with a vinaigrette and let it sit around to let the bread soak up all the flavours. Mmmm.
Most panzanella recipes are very similar with tomatoes, basil and bread as the foundation. I like to use peaches every chance I get when they are season and they add a wonderful juicy sweetness to this savoury salad. This recipe is, once again, easily adaptable to your tastes. Addsliced red onions, nuts, beets, capers – whatever you like. The recipe is just a guideline as far as the salad ingredients go. If the cucumbers have very little seeds, don’t bother seeding them. If you prefer to peel the peaches, go ahead. The only important thing here is to use a crusty bread that will hold up even when soaked in juices and not turn to mush. Day-old bread is perfect. Yes, the bread cubes sog a bit, but they still maintain some bite.
This recipe is a great make-ahead dish that works really well for potlucks, buffets or as a substantial side dish. In fact, you can even serve it as a light brunch or lunch main course.