RECIPE: Tomato and White Bean Panzanella

Super seasonal, rustic salad which showcases our favourite summer staple – the tomato. Plus, a fantastic way to use good (but stale) bread!

A recipe from our friends at Riverford.


  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 bread rolls or thick slice of bread
  • 300g mixed tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1 tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • 1 mini cucumber or ½ a large one
  • 125g mozzarella
  • 60g black olives
  • 20g basil
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 15 min

  • Step 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Place the capers in a mug of cold water until you need
    them, it helps purge some of the salt.
  • Step 2
    Tear the bread roll into rough 2cm chunks. Place on a baking tray. Slide them into the
    oven for 15 minutes to dry out and colour a little.
  • Step 3
    Cut the tomatoes into an interesting mix of wedges and slices. Add them to a mixing
    bowl with the garlic, shallot, beans, vinegar and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season
    with salt and pepper, mix well and leave to macerate.
  • Step 4
    Halve the cucumber lengthways. Remove the soft seedy core with the tip of a
    teaspoon. Cut into 1cm angled slices.
  • Step 5
    Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Drain and coarsely
    chop the capers. Roughly tear the mozzarella.
  • Step 6
    Add the cucumber, capers, olives and bread to the mixing bowl. Tear in the basil
    leaves and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper to your
  • Step 7
    Divide between 2 plates and scatter over the mozzarella. If you fancy a little heat to
    your salad, deseed and finely chop the chilli. Sprinkle over as much or as little as you