Zero-Waste Panzanella Recipe

No-Waste Panzanella Salad Recipe

This is a delicious zero-waste Panzanella recipe to use up any leftover or stale bread. The dressing uses the stems of the basil and if you buy the exact quantity of peppers and olives from the deli, nothing will be wasted!

No-Waste Panzanella Salad Recipe

By: Georgia Harding

This quick and easy Panzanella salad offers a delicious zero-waste recipe to use up any leftover or stale bread.



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  • 1 bunch basil, leaves picked & stems diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • 150g stale sourdough, diced
  • 600g ripe mixed tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 150g jar red peppers, sliced
  • 50g black olives, halved
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 120g buffalo mozzarella, roughly torn


  • Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  • Place the basil stems, garlic, olive oil and red-wine vinegar in a blender and blend well. Season and set aside.
  • Place the sourdough pieces on a tray in the oven for 5 mins. If your bread is quite stale, you can skip this step.
  • Combine the tomatoes, sourdough, capers, red peppers, olives, red onion, mozzarella and basil leaves in a large salad bowl.
  • Toss through the dressing and serve.
  • Tip: You can easily make this gluten-free by using gluten-free bread for the croutons.


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Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.

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