Greek Panzanella Salad

by simplylife on July 3, 2012

I apologize.  I know I’m getting boring.  Instead of calling this site “Simply Life” I should start calling it “Simply Salads.”  But it’s true, salads are all I’ve been craving lately, especially with last week’s CSA shipment of lettuce and cucumbers.  I debated not posting this recipe, so that you wouldn’t see the screen and sigh, thinking “another salad…how boring.”

But then I took a bite of this dish.  Another another.  And another.  And my husband did the same.  And I wished there was more so we could eat it again and I could share it with you.

So, while I can’t meet you for a picnic lunch tomorrow and bring a big container of this to share (although that does sound nice, doesn’t it?!), I decided I would post it, as that is the closest way that I could share this with you.  Think of that second bowl, filled to the brim with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, and feta as being prepared just for you.

So please, do me a favor and enjoy this salad. And make sure to prepare extra to share.


Greek Panzanella Salad

by Simply Life

Keywords: salad entree side vegetarian leafy greens tomato olives cheese Greek summer



  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 slices multigrain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 4 oz. feta crumbled cheese
  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
  • Fresh basil, about 7-8 leaves, torn into small pieces


  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Fresh or dried oregano, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss olive oil with cubed bread and bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside until bread is at room temperature.

2. Mix together cucumber, tomatoes, olives in a bowl.

3. In a small bowl, mix together vinaigrette ingredients. Toss vinaigrette with vegetables, bread and feta cheese. Serve and enjoy!

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  • RebeccaSubbiah RD

    looks great also have more salads with the hot weather 🙂

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    You can never have too many salads this time of year! They are perfect.

  • Joan

    Salads are glorious! It’s all I’m craving lately too. This one looks mouthwatering…

  • Autumn@GoodEatsGirl

    There is no such thing as too many salads! Salads are perfect for this time of year!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    What a salad my friend, it looks utterl delicious and I love the ingreidents 😀


  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    It’s summer! It’s the time for salad recipes! Looks great 😀

  • Lisa Eirene

    NOT boring. I love salads and eat them all the time. I’m liking the salad rotation!

  • Emily O’Donnell

    Simply salads is not a problem when there is so much fresh produce to enjoy!

  • Jolene (

    My favourite summer food is probably watermelon 🙂 My favourite thing to cook is anything on the BBQ.

  • Cookie Sleuth

    Salads are perfect for summer! Keep ’em comin’!

  • DeliciousDish

    I don’t find this boring at all. I also love salads when it’s hot out, and it’s nice to find new ideas for them.

  • Colleen

    Your salads are so NOT boring! I love all your salad recipes!! And your pictures make everything look so yummy 🙂

  • Brittany

    I love all your salads!! Besides, it’s summer (for most of us..not really for my whack Washington town) and salads go best with warm weather!! Your salads are always lively and full of delicious ingredients!

    • Simply Life

      Thank You! 🙂

  • Tessa

    Loving the salad recipes. The summer heat makes me crave fresh foods 🙂

  • Yummychunklet

    Nothing wrong with all the salads! It’s great to get new ideas and combos from your blog!

    • Simply Life


  • Ranjani

    Salads are never boring in the summer, especially with all the fresh produce to play with! I actually find the simplest dishes to be the most inspiring at this time of year

  • Mom

    Thank you for sharing your meal with me as very best you could…HOW NICE! I loved the idea of baking the bread, so simple and yet ingenius!


    Oh, and your writing, please let me encourage you to go to publication. Your style is so inviting!!!

  • Colleen

    There’s nothing wrong with eating tons of salads in the summer! I especially love panzanella salads in the summer!

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