Recipe: Panzanella with fennel, orange & plums

04 June 2022 | By Stephanie Verstift

Get a tasty variation of the classical Italian panzanella – with plums and orange to give it a twist.


(4 servings)

  • 200 g yesterday’s bread, preferably sourdough
  • 300 g fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1,5 orange, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 0,5 orange for juice
  • 4 plums, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 150 g rocket
  • Optional: Goat’s cheese or vegan cheese
  • Handful of fresh dill
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Handful of hazelnuts


  • Cut the bread in cubes of 2-3 centimeters. Toss around in a bowl with some olive oil and salt.
  • Roast them in the oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Roast the hazelnuts at 160 degrees, also for 10-15 minutes. Both are ready when golden, allow them then to cool.
  • Make a dressing with the juice of half an orange, white wine vinegar, olive oil, pepper and salt. Mix well and add the thinly sliced red onion.
  • Put the croutons, fennel and orange in a bowl. Mix in the dressing and let it stand for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat some oil in a frying pan, grill the plums on their cut side until they are golden.
  • Serve the salad with rocket, the plums on top and some drizzles of olive oil.
  • Optionally, you could add a creamy mild goat or vegan cheese.

The flavors mix wonderfully as you toss the whole around and let it rest for the bread to soak up the flavors of the juices from the added vegetables and vinegar. Enjoy!

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