Panzanella is a delicious alternative to a green salad; panzanella is a Tuscan salad that highlights fresh tomatoes, herbs, and bread. This recipe makes six generous servings.


10 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
½ large cucumber, diced
¼ cup small pitted olives, minced
1 T chopped oregano
1 T chopped basil
2 T chopped parsley
1 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 pinch sugar
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
½ chiabatta, diced


The night before, combine all ingredients, except the bread, in a large portable container. On picnic day, simply toss the bread into your tomato mixture and there you have it, a delicious salad without the wilted lettuce.