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Tuscan Panzanella Salad Recipe: Eating Healthy and Feeling Great

Updated on June 21, 2013
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Eating Healthy~ Feeling Great!

Healthy eating has always been such an important factor of staying fit and most importantly, feeling great. In our busy day to day lives we sometimes find ourselves eating on the run, grabbing a burger because it's fast, or just skipping meals altogether because we are simply too busy to eat, or even worse...forget to eat!

“What is more refreshing than salads when your appetite seems to have deserted you, or even after a capacious dinner - the nice, fresh, green, and crisp salad, full of life and health, which seems to invigorate the palate and dispose the masticating powers to a much lorger duration.”
Alexis Soyer 19th century French chef.

Have a Salad on the Side

I love a good salad. I love the fact that salad creations have endless possibilities. Salads can be side dishes to compliment a chicken or steak dinner, or can be a meal all in itself. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals that we should eat every day. What a better way to treat our bodies with a leafy garden salad topped with your favorite additions and favorite dressing.

Tuscan Panzanella Salad
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Preparation Time

Prep time: 40 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 4 - Serving size is 2 cups

Tuscan Panzanella Salad "A Taste of Italy"

The Tuscans are well-known and equally proud of their crusty bread and their frugality.
This savory salad puts both those qualities to good use as it's perfect for days when the garden is brimming and the bread is on the stale side.

*Be sure to use only the ripest tomatoes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) loaf 1 or 2 day-old crusty Italian bread, (Coarsely chopped)
  • 4 med-large tomatoes (peeled and chopped), **See how to skin tomatoes below
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon koscher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh sweet basil, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, soak the bread in water until soggy (about 3 minutes); Drain and squeeze dry and discard the water. Return the bread to the bowl; with a fork, break into small pieces; Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, celery, onion, parsley, vinegar, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Let mixture stand until the tomatoes have released some of their juice (30 minutes.)
  4. Stir in the bread. Sprinkle with the basil and serve at room temperature.

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How to Peel (Skin) Tomatoes

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Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you thoughtforce! I was actually the same way.. every time I would prepare a salad, whether it be for a meal or a small side salad, I would prepare it the same way. Now, I enjoy my meals so much more and take time eating them! :)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for all the inspiration! I love salad and eat I it very often but I must admit that I don't vary the salad as much as I could. Somehow I constantly fall back into doing the daily salad in the same way as always. So I need these tips! You have done a great hub and the layout is fabulous! Well done! Voted up, shared and bookmarked!

      Tina

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Biking Leathers??? Are you Harley mama?????? I'm getting my license and bike this year! wooo hoo! I'm happy you are loving the hubs. Thanks for you sweet comment. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh I love these healthy eating recipes;I need to lose a little weight and for the first time ever I am on a diet.

      I just need to lose a little so that I can get back into my biking leathers comfortably.

      So another to bookmark here.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL BuyBiz. I'll have to think about that one!:)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur! :)

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      BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

      Having been married to a nutritionist for over 30 years and can personally attest to this fact... you don't live longer eating all that health food, it just seems longer :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great healthy salad recipes. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I do the same.. I love salads. I think you will like the Greek Salad Tammy! Thanks sweety! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you tirlesstraveler:) I try.:)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This looks like a great salad. I try to eat one salad a day. It is usually just some greens, tomatoes, cheese, olives, and garbonzo beans, but I love it. I will give this recipie a try. I love Greek Olives and feta cheese. Well done!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Hub layout is terrific adds zest to the topic.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL... that's my girl! (((HUGS)))

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh yeah - I'm tweeting, pinning and I love this hub!

      I have always, always been a huge salad eater - after I got married - my mother in law said my husband called her and said, "mom - I've never eaten so much salad in my life! She makes one every night!" hahahha! I was like - sheesh - get a real complaint! Lol. He's used to it now - I converted him:) lol

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin. Seems to be the consensus. thanks for the Comment:)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm a big fan of salad, with the Greek one being my favorite. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much CloudExplorer(love the hubname) You will love the Greek salad. The Feta-dressing is yummy. Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to go for my organics. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      me too Sgbrown! I love growing my own salad gardens. Both salads in this hub are so yummy. Try the Greek salad first.. You'll love it! Thanks for the votes. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awesome barry! I appreciate the pin! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      oooo Susan.. I love my olives too! Especially gourmet Greek olives. Thank you so much for your wonderful support! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      ooo, you are like me Susan. I eat salads every day as well. They just compliment about every meal, don't they? The Greek salad is one of my favorites. :)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I'm glad you wrote this awesome hub about salads, and the more healthier kinds, me and my wife are making efforts to eat healthier in 2012 and beyond, and this hub will come at great usage for us both.

      Thanks for the time you've spent, and for all the useful info here, voted up and getting shared in every way.

      I especially love eating olives, and so the "Delicious Greek Salad with Oregano-Feta Dressing", is the first salad, I'll focus my attention on & in trying to make myself, as soon a s I get to Traders Joes, and my organic food market with my wife. Outstanding hub here.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love salad! We grow our own vegetables, so I am a big salad eater in the summer. Your recipes sound wonderful, I can't wait to try them ! Voted up and useful!

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well done! pinned to my Pinterest pages

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I love the Greek salad - of course, I love anything with olives of any type in it. Thanks for the new salad recipes! DELICIOUS!! Votes and shares!! :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I pretty much make salads everyday to go along with dinner. If I don't my husband pouts :) Love Greek salad!