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What To Serve With Panzanella Salad [15 BEST Side Dishes]

Panzanella salad is a traditional Italian dish and a great way to use up leftover bread. It combines chunks of soaked stale bread and with fresh vegetables including tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. It’s bright with a tangy dressing, yum!

Can’t decide what to serve with your panzanella salad? Look no further. This article reveals 36 delicious side dishes that will take your panzanella salad to the next level.

The best dishes to serve with panzanella salad are chili garlic shrimp, BBQ chicken, creamy garlic parmesan gnocchi, and zuppa toscana. You can also serve grilled peaches, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and lamb and halloumi skewers. For a meat-free option, try stuffed portobello mushrooms.

Chili garlic shrimp

Give your panzanella salad a protein boost with a serving of chili garlic shrimp.

It’s a tasty addition that can be ready in 15 minutes. 

This recipe calls for fresh chilis, but dried chili will work too. Just remember that dried chili has more heat than fresh chili, so add slightly less.

Why we love this recipe: it’s quick, easy, and healthy.

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Grilled peaches

Switch up your panzanella salad by adding some grilled peaches.

You only need three ingredients and 10 minutes of time to get these cooked, and they’ll add the perfect fruity sweetness to your summer panzanella. 

The best part? You can save some for dessert too.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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BBQ chicken

Chicken breasts can be bland and boring, but not with this BBQ chicken recipe.

All you need to do is use your favorite barbecue sauce to baste the chicken as it cooks. 

This method ensures the chicken infuses with lots of flavor and stays moist and juicy.

You can serve the chicken on the side, or try shredding it and mixing it in with your panzanella salad for a delicious one-bowl meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.71 rating from 228 votes.

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Jumbo lump crab cakes

Make your panzanella salad more exciting by serving a couple of these jumbo lump crab cakes on top.

This dish is chock-full of succulent crab meat, leaving little room for boring fillers. 

And the jumbo in the name refers to the big lumps of crab you’ll find (not the size of the crab cakes!). 

Why we love this recipe: they’re great for making ahead of time.

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Brown sugar grilled salmon

Panzanella salad is the perfect side dish to anything grilled, including these salmon filets.

And what sets this recipe apart from other grilled salmon recipes is that the filets are seasoned with a herby brown sugar rub instead of being marinaded.

The seasoning caramelizes as you grill the filets, giving you charred edges and a delicious sweet and savory combo. 

Why we love this recipe: even fish skeptics will be coming back for seconds!

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Creamy garlic parmesan gnocchi

Want more carbs with your panzanella? Try this tasty gnocchi dish.

You can go the extra mile with homemade gnocchi, but frozen ones are the way to go if you’re in a rush. 

After all, you won’t notice the difference once the dumplings are smothered in the rich and garlicky parmesan sauce.

Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for busy weeknights.

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Lamb and halloumi skewers

Add some tasty Greek flair to your panzanella salad with these lamb and halloumi skewers. 

The meat and cheese is soaked in a simple lemon and rosemary marinade before being grilled.

This method infuses them with a bright, zesty flavor that’ll remind you of summer, no matter the season. 

Psst… you can also add any veggies you want to the skewers.

Why we love this recipe: who doesn’t love halloumi?

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Roasted chickpeas

Swap out some of the usual crusty bread chunks in your panzanella salad with these roasted chickpeas instead.

You can play around with the seasoning mix until it matches your taste preferences, but this recipe goes for an earthy mix of cumin and smoked paprika.

Why we love this recipe: you can snack on them for days afterwards.

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Bacon-wrapped grilled filet mignon

Filet mignon is one of those expensive cuts of steak that doesn’t need many frills – it’s lean but super tender and buttery with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. 

And why not shake things up by wrapping it with bacon? 

You can cook these jazzed-up steaks over the stovetop, but my favorite way to cook them is on the grill for that added smokiness. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-quality.

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Greek-style turkey burgers

This recipe has found the secret ingredient to eliminate dry turkey burgers forever!

What’s the secret? 

Adding finely chopped spinach to the meat mix… the spinach adds lots of moisture, and don’t worry, you can barely taste it.

The burgers are also studded with roasted red peppers and feta cheese… yum.

Why we love this recipe: each burger only has 136 calories.

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Zuppa toscana

Like panzanella salad, zuppa toscana originated from Tuscany. 

It’s cream-based soup loaded with tender potatoes, spicy sausage, bacon bits, and kale leaves. 

I normally serve it during fall or winter because it’s so hearty, so why not pair it with a winter version of panzanella salad?

Psst… this is a great slow cooker soup.

Why we love this recipe: it will taste even better the next day.

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Stuffed portobello mushrooms 

Ease your way into meatless Mondays with a massive mushroom.

Portobello mushrooms are filled with umami flavor and they have a chewy texture pretty similar to meat.

Pro tip: make sure you dry the mushrooms properly before cooking them, otherwise they’ll release a lot of moisture in the cooking process.

Why we love this recipe: it only takes 15 minutes to make.

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Chicken saltimbocca

Chicken saltimbocca is another Italian delight that’s perfect alongside a panzanella salad. Thin chicken cutlets wrapped with prosciutto and sage, before being pan-seared to golden perfection.

The salty prosciutto adds crunch and transforms an otherwise plain chicken breast into something fancy. You can chop the chicken up and throw it into the salad, or keep it whole and serve it on the side.

Why we love this recipe: it’s sophisticated but easy-to-make.

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Shish tawook

Shish tawook is a popular Middle Eastern grilled chicken dish that’s marinated in yogurt, lemon, and a medley of spices including paprika, cumin and oregano. The chicken is tender and moist, and the charred outsides give it a smoky flavor.

Psst… you can also try making sumac pickled onions to go with this and the salad. They’re super tasty!

Why we love this recipe: it brings a touch of exotic flair to your dining table.

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Ricotta and spinach stuffed eggplant rolls

Ricotta and spinach stuffed eggplant rolls are a vegetarian’s dream come true. Thinly sliced eggplant is rolled around a creamy filling of ricotta cheese and fresh spinach, smothered with a homemade tomato sauce and then baked until tender.

The mild sweetness of the eggplant and the cheesy ricotta marry with the acidity of the tomato sauce really well. All you need is a light salad on the side… i.e panzanella salad.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a sumptuous, meat-free option that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

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What To Serve With Panzanella Salad [15 Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your panzanella salad.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: panzanella salad side dishes, what to serve with panzanella salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 130kcal


  • 1 portion panzanella salad


  • Prepare your panzanella salad according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: chili garlic shrimp, grilled peaches, bbq chicken, jumbo lump crab cakes, brown sugar grilled salmon, creamy garlic parmesan gnocchi, lamb and halloumi skewers, roasted chickpeas, bacon-wrapped grilled filet mignon, greek-style turkey burgers, zuppa toscana, and stuffed portobello mushrooms.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 130kcal

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