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BLT Panzanella

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BLT Panzanella! The best bloom of summer. Absurd bread, arugula, tomatoes, bacon, and an accessible balsamic dressing. YUM!

BLT Panzanella. In added words, let’s fry aliment cubes and eat them in a salad. YOLO.

Let me guess: you adulation BLTs and you’re cool aflame for this acidity combo?

Let me additionally guess: you are analytic my accommodation to alarm this a salad?

Guys, get real. Panzanella is a thing, and while this one is maybe demography some artistic liberties with its BLT-inspiration, it’s appropriately as golden-crispy-delicious as the absolute thing. I mean, attending at those abstracted grill-ish marks on the bread. Those aliment bites are accompanying brittle and acrid and arising with love.

Here are a few gems that you’ll acquisition in this BLT Panzanella:

  • Bacon (the B)
  • Lettuce (the L) (also technically not lettuce, but abutting enough)
  • Tomato (the T)
  • Avocado
  • Heavenly absurd aliment bites
  • Garlic or shallot, whatever apparel your fancy
  • Basil, for summer times
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt n pepp
Ingredients for BLT Panzanella in bowls.

The best time arresting allotment of this compound is frying the bacon and the bread. No biggie. You got this.

I generally accept to a “flash briefing” on our Alexa-machine-robot while I am authoritative dinner, and I kid you not: I accomplished authoritative this afore our beam conference was done. Win!

Yeah, that BLT Panzanella. She’s a accelerated one.

BLT Panzanella ingredients tossed in a bowl.

The adorableness of this compound is that the bacon carries best of the acidity (and, I assumption the bread, too, back you’re technically frying it in the bacon grease), so you absolutely don’t charge to add a adorned dressing. Although, now that I’m cerebration about it, a basil vinaigrette would be suuuuper nice.

But for us quickies, a dribble of olive oil, balsamic, and some attenuate slices of red onion, shallot, or garlic will do the trick.

BLT Panzanella in a bowl.

I aloof can’t say abundant about that brittle aureate amber bread. I appetite to wax anapestic to you about the in-season tomatoes and basil and everything, but guys. THE BREADDDDD. I can neither affirm or abjure that I sometimes re-fry the extra aliment and eat it all on its own.

Crispy aliment assimilation in dank tomatoes with the added account of bacon and avocado? This admixture is aloof SO star-quality.

Closeup of BLT Panzanella in a bowl.

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BLT Panzanella in a bowl.

BLT Panzanella

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


BLT Panzanella! The best bloom of summer. Absurd bread, arugula, tomatoes, bacon, and an accessible balsamic dressing. YUM!


  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 shallot, agilely broken (see notes)
  • 56 slices bacon
  • 4 blubbery slices ciabatta bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 avocados, cut into chunks
  • 34 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into attenuate strips
  • olive oil, balsamic, salt, and pepper to taste


  1. Toss the blooming tomatoes and shallot with a dribble of olive oil and balsamic so it can adhere out while you fry the bacon.
  2. Fry the bacon until crispy. Set abreast on a paper-towel-lined plate. Leave the grease in the pan.
  3. Add aliment to the pan with the bacon grease. Bung the aliment over average calefaction until aureate amber and brittle (uhh, yum). Set abreast on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  4. Crumble your bacon.
  5. Toss the bacon, bread, avocado, arugula, and basil calm gently. Division with added olive oil, balsamic, salt, or pepper as needed. SERVE AND ENJOY!


I would acclaim acid the shallot into actual attenuate pieces application a mandoline slicer. Addition option: abrade up a abysm of garlic and bung it in! I like it both ways.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: blt panzanella salad, panzanella salad, blt salad

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    That is the ideal column morning treadmill cardio meal. Ablaze on the metabolism and low calories. I’d booty that bloom aboriginal afore I accept abundant pasta noodles.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    TIL about Panzanella and this compound looks appealing abuse good. As tomatoes alpha to appear in our garden(s), I am decidedly aflame about the tomatoes and altered means to use them. We actually accept one quart of canned tomatoes larboard from aftermost year.

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    Dan Smith

    I fabricated this and it’s delicious. This is abundant for a column conditioning meal. Accumulate up with the acceptable work.

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    Holly H

    This was cool yummy! I alike fabricated with approved sandwich aliment and it angry ou delish!

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    Cindy Mikulski

    It absolutely looks yummy. Acknowledge you for the administration this recipe. I am the better aliment lover and consistently appetite to try article new. so, finally, I will try this recipe. And yes I additionally begin out the advertisement articulation https://www.couponsmonk.com/category/food-drink who are the aliment lover.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG I’m drooling. I am so in adulation with this. Bacon and bacon grease and bread, oh my. Absolutely authoritative this!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum! We are authoritative this tomorrow and abacus broiled chicken! We accept extra hamburger buns- could I chop them up in abode of the ciabatta bread?

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    Yee Kok Siong

    Yummy!! Panzanella with a brace of items from adjoining Greece and cucumbers for added crunch. It’s abundant as a amateur or served with broiled leg of lamb or alike chicken

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh and what wine would I serve with this? Afresh my aftertaste for rose has achromatic like my hydrangea blooms and article with a bit added actuality beckons. I’ve tasted a few Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio blends that accomplish for a added abundant aliment accomplice than the poolside basic Pinot Grigio.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accept a abdomen abounding of BLT panzanella bloom appropriate now, and I am so satisfied! The croutons were amazing–I’ve never fabricated bootleg ones before. Acclimated antique mini tomatoes in a bubble of colors from our farmers market. This bloom is over-the-top good!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Another POY home run!! I fabricated your phenomenon no aerate aliment for the croutons and the accomplished affair was aloof out of this apple delish. Wouldn’t change a thing!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accept fabricated this a few times now, and yet to accept my aliment attending as admirable as yours. Do you fry the aliment all at one time or in sections?

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    (Update mid-cooking here.) The breadcrumbs abandoned . . . I abhorrence there may not be any larboard back accumulation time comes!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum!! We had this tonight and it was great! Came calm bound aloof like you said!