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Southern Panzanella

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian, Southern
Servings: 6
Author: Virginia Willis


  • ½ loaf stale white country bread diced
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1 cucumber halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 1 small sweet pepper seeded, cored, and diced
  • 4 slices very thinly sliced country ham or prosciutto chopped more for garnish
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise or to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, and chives
  • handful cherry tomatoes halved, for garnish
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Put everything in a bowl. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Top with some of the reserved ham and cherry tomatoes. Serve once the juices have been absorbed a bit, at least 30 minutes.