How to make Marcus Wareing’s panzanella and a great way to use your surplus sourdough bread

By Lauren Taylor. Published 2020-09-05
Waste not, want not – this one’s all about using things up.

If you want to throw less food away, this Tuscan-style bread salad recipe will make good use of old bits and bobs in your fridge.



(Serves 4)

300g fresh or stale bread, cut into thick slices

6 medium overripe tomatoes

100ml tomato juice from a carton

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

4tbsp balsamic vinegar

100ml olive oil

1tsp Dijon mustard

2tbsp capers in brine, plus 1tsp caper brine

1 red onion, thinly sliced

50g pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped

1/2 bunch of basil, leaves roughly chopped

1/2 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


(Prep time: 15 minutes, plus straining and soaking. Cooking time: 10 minutes)

  1. If you’re using fresh bread, preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 4, line a baking tray with baking parchment and lay out the bread slices in one layer. Bake for 10 minutes then

remove from the oven.

  1. While the bread is baking, cut the tomatoes into small wedges. Toss them in salt then place them in a colander set over a bowl. Set aside for 20 minutes, reserving the juice.

  2. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl.

  3. Add the tomato juice, the garlic, two tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar and 50ml of the olive oil to the fresh tomato juice in the bowl. Mix together and season well with salt and pepper.

  4. Cut the bread into 2cm dice and place in a shallow dish large enough to fit the bread in a single layer. Pour the tomato juice mix over the top and leave to sit for 20 minutes.

  5. Mix the remaining balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Add the mustard and caper brine and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Add the soaked bread, red onion, capers, olives and herbs to the tomatoes and gently mix together with the dressing. Serve immediately.


Marcus Everyday by Marcus Wareing, photography by Susan Bell