Panzanella Salad Recipe with Bacon

Pitta and bacon panzanella

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Check out this easy panzanella recipe with super crispy bacon and crunchy baked pitta bread. This easy salad is packed with flavour and low in calories. Plus it's ready in less than 30 minutes too, an easy midweek meal (ripe tomatoes are essential for this recipe)



  • back bacon 4 rashers
  • pittas 2, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • spray oil
  • plum tomatoes 6 ripe, (3 halved, 3 cut into chunky pieces)
  • sherry vinegar 2 tbsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp
  • red onion ½, thinly sliced
  • cucumber ¼, deseeded and sliced into 1cm half moons
  • roasted red peppers from a jar 2, sliced
  • basil a handful, torn


  • Step 1

    Heat the grill to high. Put the bacon onto a rack over a baking tray and grill until crisp, flipping halfway. Cool slightly then snip into pieces with scissors.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/ gas 6. Tip the pitta pieces onto a tray, spray with a little oil and toss well. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and crunchy.

  • Step 3

    Put the halved plum tomatoes into a bowl and squeeze with clean hands, to release the juices, and break up. Add the sherry vinegar, olive oil and lots of seasoning, then tip in the red onion, cucumber, roasted peppers and remaining tomatoes.

  • Step 4

    Toss in the pitta croutons, bacon and basil, and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 406
  • Fat 14.2g
  • Saturates 3.5g
  • Carbs 50.5g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Fibre 4.6g
  • Protein 16.8g
  • Salt 1.9g