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Lemon Chili Rye Panzanella Salad

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Time 30 minutes
Lemon chili rye panzanella salad on blue plate

Panzanella is a Tuscan salad traditionally made with toasted bread (croutons), tomatoes, onion, and herbs tossed in a tangy dressing. Chef Aaron Fish puts his twist on this salad adding some fresh English cucumbers and topping it with fresh sprouts and lemon zest.

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Lemon chili rye panzanella salad with salmon on top

Lemon Chili Rye Panzanella

  • Author: Aaron Fish | Fish Food
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 2 cups brioche bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/8 pound butter, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, julienned
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, slivered

For dressing:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Derek Wolf Lemon Chili Rye Blend



  1. Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Melt butter in a pan with canola oil. When butter is bubbling and melted, add brioche bread cubes 1 cup at a time.
  3. Spread out and pan fry, turning to toast all sides of each cube. This takes a while, but is totally worth it.
  4. Place pan-fried croutons on a paper towel-lined sheet pan or baking rack. Set aside.  
  5. Make the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  6. Combine brioche with remaining salad ingredients and dressing. 
  7. Toss gently to coat. Serve immediately for best quality.  

Make it a meal.

Serve with pan-seared or grilled salmon drizzled with black garlic honey and lemon herb salad (lemon zest and fresh herbs).

Lemon chili rye panzanella salad with salmon on top

Used in this Recipe

Lemon Chili Rye ingredients

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