Panzanella


pronounced:pahn-zha-NEH-lah
makes aprox. 5-6 servings


Tuscan Bread Salad

Ingredients: 

  • One loaf day old or fresh Italian bread
  • 3-4 large tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch fresh basil and/or flat Italian parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic or wine Vinegar
  • Salt & fresh cracked pepper

Method:

1.Cut or tear bread into pieces
2.Lightly toast bread in preheated oven if using fresh bread, soak in water for a few seconds if too dry.
3.Slice or dice remaining ingredients
4.Toss with olive oil, vinegar & seasonings
5.Let salad rest until bread absorbs juices
6.Serve and eat.

Variations:

Add olives, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, canned beans, canned tuna,fresh mozzarella or even feta cheese.

Copyleft (2010) The Budget Gourmet

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