Spring Picnic Panzanella Salad

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 (2 mason jars) Cost Per Serving $1.75
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Panzanella Salad
2 cupsCrusty Bread, cut into small cubes
1/2Small Red Onion, thinly sliced
2 cupsCherry Tomatoes
1Yellow Bell Pepper, roughly diced
1/2Radicchio Head (or any lettuce), shredded
1 cupWhite Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 cupBasil Leaves
2 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbspRed Wine Vinegar
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Sweet Pea Pesto
1 cupFreshly Shelled Peas
1/2 cloveGarlic
1/4 cupBasil
1/4 cupMint
1/4 cupOlive Oil
1/2Lemon, juiced
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Add all ingredients for the sweet pea pesto to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. As this recipe makes enough to fill two mason jars, split the ingredients evenly between the jars. Add red wine vinegar and olive oil to the mason jars. Add your onion slices, followed by your peppers, the crusty bread cubes, the tomatoes, the white kidney beans and a couple tablespoons of the pesto. Top it off with your radicchio and basil leaves.
  3. Store in the refrigerator or chilled picnic basket/cooler until ready to serve.


  • ​We often think of green peas as a vegetable, but they are actually a member of the legume family. Two cups of raw sugar snap peas has almost as much protein as an egg!
  • Legumes contain a plant chemical called coumestrol that may help prevent stomach cancer. Research suggests that eating about a cup of legumes every day – enough to provide at least 2 mg of coumestrol – reduces stomach cancer risk. Green peas are particularly high in coumestrol, with 1 cup providing 10 mg of this plant chemical.
  • Peas, beans and other legumes are great for the soil. They are known as “nitrogen-fixing” crops because they deposit nitrogen into the soil. Nitrogen is an important mineral for the growth of other types of crops. Rotating other crops with legumes means that farmers don’t have to rely on fertilizers.