Fruit Panzanella Salad

by Kate on June 24, 2013

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I love salads. Usually I see them as a perfect, light lunch or as a side for dinner time. Despite my love of them I don’t often think of them as a meal and certainly not dinner. That’s mostly due to my picky eaters. Never in a million years would I have dreamed that my husband would be requesting salad for dinner. But when I discovered panzanella salad, that all changed.

My husband loooves bread. I’m talking, wants it with every meal, can live on sandwiches alone and if I don’t have bread at dinner next comes the question, “Where’s the bread?” So a salad with bread IN it? Oh, that has his name written all over it. The version I make has grilled chicken, grilled sourdough and is requested almost weekly in the summer.

That salad got me thinking. How about a sweet version? Grilled pound cake served with fruit is a summer favorite in the cooking magazines and across the blogosphere every summer so I took that idea and tweaked it for this Fruit Panzanella Salad. Grilled pound cake is tossed with a vibrant mix of summer fruits for a light summer dessert recipe. Top it off with a dollop of yogurt and you’re good to go!

Fruit Panzanella Salad -

When I was attending King Arthur Flour Blog & Bake™, we were treated to a dinner and cheese tasting with Cabot. For our dessert that evening, we were served crepes with fruit. The finishing touch was a dollop of Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt and from that moment forward, I was smitten. It’s so wonderful! The vanilla bean flavor is amazing and it’s the perfect finish touch for this fruit salad as well. You can certainly use whatever yogurt you like or even whipped cream but really, you should try the Cabot. It’s divine!

Speaking of King Arthur Flour, as you know Blog & Bake was the experience of a lifetime. The time spent in their Baking Education Center was invaluable and I learned so much from their talented teachers. The Norwich Inn where we all stayed was gorgeous, historic and the staff were all so warm and accommodating. From start to finish, it was amazing. Now you have the chance to have a similar experience!


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Fruit Panzanella Salad

20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Fruit Panzanella Salad

Grilled pound cake tossed with fresh summer fruits for a vibrant, tasty summer dessert.


  • 1 loaf of pound cake
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup pitted and halved fresh cherries
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Vanilla bean greek yogurt or whipped cream, optional


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Slice pound cake into 8 slices. Brush both sides with melted butter. Grill over medium heat until lightly toasted and grill marks are noted on slices, about 2-3 minutes per side. Cool. Cut slices into cubes. Set aside.
  2. Place raspberries in a small bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Thoroughly mash raspberries. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together blueberries, strawberries, cherries and mint leaves. Hold a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and press the raspberry mash through to strain seeds. Discard seeds.
  4. Toss the fruit to coat in the raspberry puree. Add the cubed grilled pound cake and gently toss once more to incorporate. Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream.


Adapted from Cuisine At Home | June 2013

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Deanna Segrave-Daly June 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

I love me some panzanella but never have had a total sweet one (I have a blueberry turkey version on my blog) – this looks so yummy! And thanks for the heads-up on the King Arthur Flour trip – that would be an amazing adventure 🙂


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom June 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Your Fruit Panzanella Salad looks delish! and thanks for the info on the Baking Adventure Sweepstakes! I love KA Flour!


Noble Pig - Cathy Pollak June 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Wow..what a cool adventure you experienced. I love your dessert panzanella…its a great idea.


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

It truly was a wonderful experience!! Loved every minute of it. And thank you, I’m so happy you like this salad. So tasty!


ChristineM June 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm

That salad looks awesome Kate!


Aggie June 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

What a fun dessert recipe!! I love fruit based desserts, this one looks amazing.


Kate June 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thanks so much Aggie! We’ve really been enjoying it. I’ve made it multiple times now!


Eva | Adventures in Cooking June 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I have dreams about that yogurt, sometimes! Still haven’t been able to find it in the Los Angeles area, though sadly. But I have not yet given up hope! I have at least been able to find Cabot cheddar 🙂 This dessert sounds wonderful, I haven’t ever tried grilling pound cake, but my goodness that sounds tasty! I can only imagine how delicious the smoky cake must taste with the fresh fruity berries!


Kate June 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Thank you so much Eva! Oh that yogurt, I’m so happy I was able to find it. It’s truly the perfect finishing touch to this lovely salad.


Barb | Creative Culinary June 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Great idea Kate; I LOVE grilling pound cake and serving it with fruit and this sounds totally fabulous! The yogurt sounds a bit deadly; I’ll have to see if I can find it here; thanks for the heads up.


Kate June 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

It’s wonderful Barb! Truly a divine with this salad.


Terra June 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I honestly did not know what a panzanella salad was, I love the beauty and simplicity of the gorgeous salad! At my farmers market stop today there was fresh just picked gorgeous blackberries. They would have been amazing in your beautiful salad! Perfect summer treat, Hugs, Terra


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I only learned about panzanella last summer but as soon as I did, we were all hooked. This fruit version is just as addictive!


Mary Kay June 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I love panzanella in forms…..with cake and fruit? Even better!! Looks beautiful Kate!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks so much Mary Kay! This is our go-to summer dessert lately. It’s so refreshing.


Carrie @ poet in the pantry June 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Is it sad that I only learned what Panzanella is in the last 6 months? LOVE it! And this sweet version sounds divine–perfect for summer!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Not sad at all, just be glad you did discover it! I only discovered it last summer but now we eat it all the time. Love it!


alex June 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

I love panzanella, but never thought to do it with fruit! I would love this!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

You really would love it, the grilled pound cake soaks up a bit of the raspberry puree and the buttery flavor pairs so nicely with the sweet fruit.


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

Kate, this look amazing! You know I love grilled pound cake!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Meghan!


Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

This looks so refreshing! I never dreamed of adding fruit to panzanella but can’t wait to try this!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Kelly! It truly is such a refreshing summer dessert. I have been making it again and again lately.


Martha@A Family Feast June 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

We love Panzanella but I’ve never thought to make a dessert version! Love this idea!


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Thanks Martha! It truly is a perfect light summer dessert.


Susan D June 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

yum, this looks delicious! would love if you’d bring it over to my Sunday Funday Linky Party!

*Susan @ Adventures in my Kitchen


Kate June 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thanks so much Susan! I’m so happy to hear you like this. It’s been a huge hit each time I’ve made it recently.


Amber @ The Cook's Sister July 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

What an amazing salad! Love the cake mixed in with the lovely fruit!


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