Tuna Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad

Tuna Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad is super easy, quick and full of flavour. This tasty salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, no cooking required!

Tuna Panzanella - Italian Bread Salad

Hello my loves,

It’s been over a week since my last post, where has the time gone!? Life has been quite hectic recently so speedy and easy meals have been a regular and this Tuna Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad is one of my favourites when I have little time on my hands.

The great thing about this bread salad is that it uses up any stale bread you have lying around, in fact, it brings it back to life again ensuring that there is no waste what so ever and that’s always a good thing in my book.

Tuna Panzanella - Italian Bread Salad

I don’t turn the bread into croutons unlike a lot of jazzed up panzanellas I’ve seen over the years, Italians would shriek in horror if they saw those versions of what is called a ‘panzanella’ (well my friends would anyway). Instead I do it the traditional way and to me it tastes SO much better.

The stale bread is soaked in cold water for a minute or so until it becomes soft again. The water is then squeezed out of the bread and then broken into breadcrumbs with your fingers.

It’s added to a bowl with tuna, red onion, tomato and cucumber I also like to add a few olives and it’s all mixed together.

Tuna Panzanella - Italian Bread Salad

I then add a little oregano, salt and pepper and a simple dressing or red wine vinegar and olive oil, mix it all together and let the bread soak up all the delicious flavours.

It’s so easy to make and is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner when it’s too hot to turn the oven on.

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Tuna Panzanella

Tuna Panzanella - Italian Bread Salad is super easy, quick and full of flavour. This tasty salad is perfect for lunch or dinner, no cooking required!
Course lunch, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword panzanella, tuna bread salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 552kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • ~6.5 ounces (160g) tinned tuna , drained
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber , skin removed
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 red onion
  • ~1.76 ounces (50g/around 12) olives
  • 3.53 ounces (100g) stale bread ,crusts removed
  • salt and pepper to season


  • Add the stale bread to a bowl of cold water and let soak until soft. Squeeze the water out of the bread and crumble into a large bowl.
  • Finely chop the red onion, tomatoes, and cucumber and add to the bowl. Cut the olives in half and add to the bowl along with the tuna and oregano. Mix everything together.
  • Add the vinegar and oil to a small bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper, stir and pour over the bread and vegetables. Stir everything together, taste and add more salt if required.


Serves 2 as a main and 4 as a light lunch
*Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.


Nutrition Facts
Tuna Panzanella
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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1 Comment

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    August 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I thought this might be soggy but it was so delicious, brilliant!

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