When it's too hot to cook, just step outside and gather tomatoes and basil from your garden, cut up some day-old country bread and make this flavorful, easy salad, our take on the classic Italian bread salad known as panzanella.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2004
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Whisk oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, bread, onion, basil and capers. Toss to combine. Let the salad sit for about 5 minutes to allow it to absorb the dressing's flavors, stirring occasionally. Serve at room temperature.

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Ingredient Note: Our test kitchen is fond of Bela brand sardines from Olhão, Portugal. They are firm, lightly smoked and succulent.

Nutrition Facts

155.8 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 18.2g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.1g 12% DV; sugars 4.5g; fat 8.6g 13% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1075.3IU 22% DV; vitamin c 20.3mg 34% DV; folate 40.5mcg 10% DV; calcium 26.2mg 3% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 35.4mg 13% DV; potassium 381.8mg 11% DV; sodium 252.4mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 1g.

Reviews (7)

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  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2017
We had some horrible-tasting sprouted wheat bread that I tried using and it turned out great! It tastes like you're eating a sandwich and I think you can use any sort of meat besides sardines and maybe other vegetables like diced cucumber. You might be able to substitute beans or lentils for the bread. I think it's the simple dressing of oil tomato juice and sardine liquid that makes this taste good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2017
I love this salad! I usually drain off the olive oil that the sardines are packed in to use for the dressing. To me it adds an extra layer of flavor. This is the perfect light easy and fast evening meal on a hot summer day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
great for summer lunch Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent use of sardines...Would like to see more recipies using sardines..rating 5 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Surprisingly really refreshing. I only could eat one serving because my sardines were so rich but so good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Great way to use sardines I'm always looking for ways to eat sardines aside from just out of the tin or on some crackers. I used ezekial bread cut them into 9 pieces each and popped them in the oven (the bread is frozen) for 1 minute so that they were warm and a little tough. Then after combining the remaining ingredients and having it sit for a few hours I poured it over the bread and let the bread soak up the juices. Really delicious. Make sure to use heirloom tomatoes they have a much meatier texture and it really makes a difference! Read More