panzanella salad and a big kitchen giveaway!

I may have a little thing for bread. And by little thing, I mean ‘huge love affair’.

I’m definitely not a girl who could ever go low carb. The smell of freshly baked bread brings tears to my eyes and makes me weak in the knees. This may be a problem, now that I’m thinking about it. I just love bread, I can’t help it.

But, I don’t want to help it. Really, I don’t.And when you have a perfect loaf of freshly baked bread, you need a serious bread knife. A bread knife that is sharp, strong and that will cut through a crusty exterior and tender crumb while leaving the structure of the bread intact. In other words, a knife that won’t pulverize your loaf. There’s nothing worse than ruining a loaf of bread with a sub-par knife.

This brings me to my big news: The first ever giveaway on Jelly Toast! Thanks to the awesome folks over at Big Kitchen, I am giving away one gorgeous Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II Stainless Steel 8 Inch Scalloped Edge Bread Knife.
Before giving one of these knives away to one of my awesome readers, I really wanted to put it to the test. I have had bread knives in the past that sort of fell flat. Or rather flattened my bread in their attempt to slice. So, I set out to see what this Twin Four Star II was all about.

I figured making a whole batch of croutons for fresh and healthy Panzanella Salad would be the perfect test. I made one batch of my favorite bread and got to slicing. The Twin Four Star II cut through the golden crust like buttah. No joke.

It was a sight to behold. I wanted to sing, and maybe, possibly did a little. Much to the dismay of the kiddos. They’re a tough crowd sometimes. Or maybe they just don’t ‘get’ my bread songs.


I couldn’t have been happier with the performance of this knife, plus, the croutons it made for the Panzanella were excellent. Crunchy, substantial and the perfect little vehicles to soak up the tangy, balsamic vinaigrette.

My Panzanella is a bit of a twist on the traditional. It’s got your usual tomato, cucumber and of course, bread. But I love to add in white beans for another textural element. Plus, between the bread, beans and veggies it’s truly an entire meal in one. I ate a giant bowl of this crunchy, filling salad and was beyond satisfied for the rest of the night. I used whole wheat bread, but feel free to use your favorite loaf of rustic bread.

You really can’t go wrong with your favorite.

The giveaway has ended. Thank you all for entering!!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your very own Twin Four Star II bread knife from Big Kitchen! Just fill out the handy dandy form below.  Also, I gave you the opportunity to earn a bunch of chances, because well, it’s always fun to win cool stuff, right? Especially an awesome new bread knife. 

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Happy Friday!

Disclosure: I received a free bread knife from Big Kitchen for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own. The bread knife prize for the giveaway is also being provided and shipped by Big Kitchen. 

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Panzanella Salad

May 3rd, 2013

Yield: Serves 8

5 points+ per serving


for salad: 12 oz rustic, whole wheat bread, cubed
olive oil spray (I used my Misto)
1 English cucumber, halved length wise and sliced
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1-15oz can of white beans, rinsed and drained
15-20 basil leaves, chopped or torn into pieces
for dressing: 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste


For the bread: Place cubed bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Spray with olive oil spray and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until dried and crunchy. Allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine toasted bread cubes, cucumber, tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, red onion, white beans and chopped basil. Toss to combine.
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, add olive oil, vinegar, mustard and salt and pepper. Replace lid and shake well until combined. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat veggies and bread. Serve immediately or allow to sit for about 15 minutes to let flavors mellow together.

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64 thoughts on “panzanella salad and a big kitchen giveaway!

    • Thanks Mimi! I apologize, there was a glitch with my automated entry form, so if you would like to enter the giveaway, be sure to fill out the form above noting that you have already commented. Again, I apologize! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Have a wonderful weekend!

  1. I would love a rice cooker, I have a hard time getting rice perfect. This salad looks beyond amazing, and I am in desperate need of some good knives. Great giveaway!

  2. What a beautiful salad! I have to admit though, the idea of bread in a typically veggie dish weirds me out a little bit. That bread looks SO good! Do you have a recipe for it on the site?

  3. I would adore the 5-Quart DeLonghi Compact Stainless Steel Slow Cooker! I would slow-cook ribs, stews, chili, pulled pork, eggplant spaghetti sauce… there is really no end to the things I would cook in a slow-cooker! I especially love the idea of setting something to cook all day while I’m at work and coming home to dinner waiting for me!

  4. Emily, just gorgeous! I too like you have a “little thing” with bread. Your salad helps me take my thing with it just a little further ;) Thanks so much for sharing, fellow foodie sister, and just love what you’re doing here! xo

    P.S. I too have already filled out the automated entry form (thanks for offering this lovely giveaway too!).

  5. Oh how I looooove panzanella salad!!! It’s my favorite! And it’s about the only salad my husband truly enjoys. This one is simply gorgeous. And you want to know what else is gorgeous?!? That knife!! I’m kinda in love with it already and hope it can some day be mine :) Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

    • Thanks so much, Kate! I’m so excited to be hosting a giveaway, especially for something like this. With all of your bread baking, you would love this knife!

  6. Oh that’s easy – I’d choose the BREVILLE REINFORCED STAINLESS STEEL SMART OVEN. I’ve been wanting one for a long time, after reading glowing reviews on it.

  7. This is pretty cool. Thank you for not having any ridiculous rules like “cannot be super cool” or “must be under 6 feet tall”. Those kind of rules are so limiting.


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