White Bean Caprese Panzanella / The Lazy Girl’s Summer Lunch

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White Bean Caprese Panzanella is the perfect simple summer meal. This six ingredient recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make & is perfect for one.

White Bean Caprese Panzanella

It is very not often that I share a recipe this simple (outside of my ‘Simple Sunday’s series). But it’s summer and no one wants to slave away in the kitchen all day on a gorgeous afternoon that could be spent at the lake or pool. And, I don’t know about you, we’ve been busy busy busy with out of town engagements and family visiting so I don’t think I could even find the time to spent a whole day in the kitchen if I wanted.  Luckily, summer’s bountiful harvest lends itself to light and easy meals since fresh herbs and juicy tomatoes are flavorful enough to steal the show (without much cooking involved).

I’ve been calling this recipe the ‘lazy girl’s lunch’ because it literally takes 5 minutes to whip up and only has 6 ingredients. It’s sort of a mix between a caprese (without the pesto) and a panzanella salad. Because the recipe requires so few ingredients, make sure they are all high quality and at their peak moment – tomatoes should be at their juiciest and go out of your way to get a fresh loaf of bread from a local bakery. Also, try to use a robust and quality olive oil if you have it.

Additionally, I added a punch of protein with the white beans which are so mellow that they don’t steal the show but help keep you full through the afternoon. Now what are you waiting for? Go whip this up for lunch!

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5 from 2 votes
White Bean Caprese Panzanella
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
White Bean Caprese Panzanella is the perfect summer lunch recipe. This six ingredient meal takes less than 10 minutes to make & is great for tomato season.
Course: Main
Cuisine: summer, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 543 kcal
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 pieces small sourdough loaf, torn
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved, or 1 heirloom tomato slices
  • 2 oz torn mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup canned white beans drained and rinsed
  • 6 small basil leaves torn
  • salt / pepper
  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add torn sourdough and a dash of salt and pepper. Toss bread until completely coated in oil and seasoning. Cook for five minutes, tossing the bread often so it evenly toasts on all sides. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

  2. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, and white beans to the bowl and toss to combine. Garnish with basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Enjoy right away.

Nutrition Facts
White Bean Caprese Panzanella
Amount Per Serving
Calories 543 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 382mg 16%
Potassium 671mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 20.2%
Vitamin C 28.2%
Calcium 36.3%
Iron 20.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


White Bean Caprese Panzanella


Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

August 6, 2017



  1. Reply


    August 3, 2017

    you know, I have never made panzanella. I don’t know WHY!!! This looks SO delicious, and I love the idea of a white bean caprese!!!!

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    August 4, 2017

    I am so with you! I just want to be outside playing right now… well, that is after I devour a platter of this gorgeous panzanella! So yummy and such pretty shots.

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    August 5, 2017

    Yes, I much rather be outside right now than spending too much time inside cooking. This kind of lunch is right up my alley. So pretty, Shelly!

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    Christiann Koepke

    August 5, 2017

    Yes yes yes – to all of this! ! Total summer perfection. Can’t wait to try this 🙂 -CK

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    August 6, 2017

    This salad is perfection! I’m so with you…summer is all about keeping things simple. The fresher and less fussed with, the better. We love Caprese salads and eat them so much this time of year…having this delicious spin on it is fabulous. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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    Todd Wagner | HonestlyYUM

    August 7, 2017

    Ummm . . . in all seriousness, this just might be the perfect salad!

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    August 8, 2017

    How tasty does this salad look! Thanks for the share, love checking out your blog. Keep up the posts!

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    Ellen Taylor

    August 12, 2017

    Looks yummy and perfect one for me because I’m also the Lazy one 😛