This no-cook Kale Panzanella with Chicken Sausage comes together quickly and tastes great! Make a batch to enjoy for lunch all week long.
Just popping in to share another quick new recipe with you guys! It just might be my new favorite summer lunch, mainly because there’s no cooking involved! I used pre-cooked chicken sausage and canned beans so basically all you have to do is chop the veggies, add some sausage, beans and stale bread, toss in dressing and serve! So easy.
This is a bit of a twist on traditional panzanella. First of all, I added a bunch of kale. I debated just calling this a kale salad but I think the bread does help keep it in the panzanella realm. But, if you’re not a bread lover, feel free to leave it out and enjoy it as a more traditional salad. Secondly, I added some chicken sausage and beans to up the protein content and make it more of a complete meal. Feel free to leave out the meat or beans if they don’t fit your taste preferences.
Here’s how you make it:Print
Kale Panzanella with Chicken Sausage
This recipe for no-cook Kale Panzanella with Chicken Sausage comes together quickly and tastes great! Make a batch to enjoy for lunch all week long.
- Yield: 2-3 1x
- 3 cups kale, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup canellini beans
- 2 chicken sausages, sliced
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 2 cups cubed stale bread
- juice from one lemon
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta
- In a large bowl, combine kale and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Use your hands to massage kale leaves.
- Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Add beans, sausage, onion, tomato and bread to bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, balsamic and oil and whisk to combine.
- Pour over kale mixture and stir gently to coat.
- Top with crumbled feta and serve.
This is definitely a must-try! Feel free to add more dressing if you want to!
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Renee Benda says
Oh Kale yeah! I’m always looking for new ways to use it.
Dietitian Jess says
Love Panzanella salads- this one is a great twist on the more traditional ones, especially love the additional of kale!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
Ok I definitely need to try this when I get home!
Lisa @ RunWiki says
I love bread and salad– I have to be careful with these kinds of recipes.. some people have a sweet tooth, others salt, my addiction is bread. A salad like this is like putting a bowl of candy in front of me.
Emily @SinfulNutrition says
Love Kale AND Panzanella salads! Guess that means I’ll be making this very soon. 😉
Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen says
Lindsay! I can not get enough of your recipes lately. So simple, nutritious yet tasty. Just what all the busy peole of the world need in their life. I am 100% making this for lunches next week! Pinned!
Love chicken sausage! This looks like a great dish.
Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks says
Yum! I love the easy ingredient breakdown here. Panzanellas are so easy yet they sound so fancy 😉
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Oh my yum! This is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!
I’m confused but maybe that’s because I’ve never made panzanella before. The recipe has 2 cups cubed stales bread but what do you do with it? Mix it into the salad?
whoops, sorry. just updated the recipe. Yep you add it when you add the beans and onions and stuff and then pour the dressing over it and the bread will soak up the dressing. If you want the bread softer you can add more of the balsamic mixture!
Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen says
Looks awesome! I never thought to add chicken sausage to a panzanella salad. Ps. Love the new site design!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
I love having you on snapchat.
Why? I can pretend I can predict the future. 😉
this looks delicious Linds!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
This is the perfect weeknight dinner! Love it, Lindsay!
Kim Lacher says
I searched “kale” on The Lean Green Bean because I bought some and had no idea what to do with it. This recipe came up and I just so happened to have everything needed to make this! As suggested I made it to have for lunches during the week, for both my husband and I. He’s generally not a fan of salads, but we both really liked this. And I love that it’s a yummy, balanced way to use up stale bread! I had leftover Easter bread and the only thing I can ever think to do with it is make French toast (which I already made and had bread to spare)
aw yay! so glad this was a hit!