Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

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Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 224.3
  • Total Fat: 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.1 mg
  • Sodium: 400.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g

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Introduction

Panzanella is an Italian salad that can be found on trendy bistro menus in the hot summer months. This salad was invented when times were tough, as a way to use up stale bread.

Panzanella is an Italian salad that can be found on trendy bistro menus in the hot summer months. This salad was invented when times were tough, as a way to use up stale bread.


Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    2 cups whole-grain bakery-style bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    1/2 cup red onion, diced
    4-5 tomatoes, diced
    1 cucumber, peeled and diced
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
    1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, or 2 tablespoons thyme, fresh
    1/2 head Romaine lettuce (about 3 cups), torn into bite-size pieces,
    1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons red or rice wine vinegar
    3 tablespoons olive oil

Tips

Essentially, you make a salad--traditionally with plenty of fresh tomatoes--toss it with a vinaigrette, then add cubed stale or toasted bread just before serving.

You can toast up a day-old baguette or fresh bread, depending on what you have in the kitchen.

The bread soaks up all the delicious juice from the tomatoes and the tangy vinaigrette. The rest of the summer-fresh vegetables add crunch and freshness.



NOTE: If you're watching your sodium intake, reduce the amount of feta or omit it.



Rub a garlic clove on the bread after toasting for instant, healthier croutons.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spread the cubed bread on a sheet pan and bake, shaking the pan every 5 minutes until bread turns a golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool.

Combine all the salad ingredients except for the cheese in a large mixing bowl.

Place the mustard and vinegar in a small bowl, then slowly whisk in the oil to emulsify the dressing. Pour the mixture over the salad. Cover and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

About 10 minutes before serving, add the bread and cheese to the salad and toss well to combine.

Makes 6 two-cup servings.

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad. It's best to use quality whole wheat loaf bread from the deli. The thick bread crunchy bread is delicious in the salad. - 1/11/12

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  • Very Good
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a Greek salad I make. I would garnish the individual bowls of salad with the bread. That way if you did not eat it all, the bread would not get soggy. You can substitute Wishbone balsamic vinagrette. - 8/4/11

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night, it was devoured. Great recipe with fab colours and textures! Thanks for sharing. - 3/27/12

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I used Ezekial bread and toasted it using Garlic spread. - 1/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I make this salad a lot in the summer. You can add some cooked chicken breast (meat eatters) or cooked shrimp (non meat eatters) to make a compleat balanced dish for dinner. - 1/24/12

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