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Salmon panzanella with fresh basil

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
34 min
18 min
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Panzanella is a wonderful type of salad that capitalizes on the crunch and flavor-absorbing magic of toasted bread to enhance its other ingredients. This no-cook meal is on the table in about 30 minutes, capitalizing on the ease of canned salmon to get all the delicious salmon flavor without the work. Fresh basil is easy to grow but widely available throughout the year in the produce section of the supermarket. Toss some more veggies into this salad if you have them on hand. Fresh fennel, carrots, radishes, and celery would all be delicious additions.


Lemon zest

1 tsp, grated

Fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp

Red-wine vinegar

1 Tbsp

Olive oil

2 tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Fresh tomato(es)

4 medium, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

½ cup(s), drained and coarsely chopped

Uncooked red onion(s)

½ small, thinly sliced


8 medium, Kalamata variety, pitted and chopped

Canned pink salmon

14¾ oz, wild Alaskan variety

English cucumber(s)

1 small, quartered lengthwise and sliced

Whole wheat bread

4 slice(s), 3/4-inch thick, ciabatta variety, toasted & cubed


1½ cup(s), fresh leaves ,torn


  1. Whisk together lemon zest and juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in large bowl. Stir in tomatoes, roasted peppers, onion, and olives and let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, remove skin and bones from salmon and discard. Break salmon into large pieces. Gently stir salmon, cucumber, and bread into tomato mixture. Let stand until bread soaks up some of juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil and serve at once.
  3. Serving size: 2 cups