Ratatouille Panzanella Salad with Herb-Parmesan Dressing
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 Japanese eggplant, halved lengthwise
- 1 medium red onion, unpeeled, thickly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise
- 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise
- Canola oil, for brushing
- 1/2 loaf ciabatta, split in half horizontally
- 12 cherry tomatoes, cored
- 2 ounces baby arugula or spinach
- 1/4 cup coarsely shredded Parmesan
Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high.
Put the basil, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the olive oil. Set aside.
Place the zucchini, squash and eggplant on the grill, flesh-side down. Place the onion slices and the pepper on grill. Cover and cook until the cut vegetables are charred, about 4 minutes; then flip and cook, covered, until they are tender, another 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the cut vegetables to a cutting board. Cover the grill and continue cooking the pepper, turning occasionally, until it is charred all over and tender, about 10 minutes more. Remove the pepper to a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let steam for 10 minutes.
Put the tomatoes in a grill basket and grill, covered, shaking the basket occasionally, until charred and softened, about 5 minutes. Grill the ciabatta, cut-side down, until golden and toasty, about 3 minutes. Flip and grill 1 minute more. Transfer to the cutting board with the vegetables.
Seed and chop the bell pepper; remove the peels and coarsely chop the red onions; cut the zucchini, squash, eggplant and bread into 2-inch cubes. Combine the vegetables and bread in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss with some of the dressing. Mound the salad on a serving platter, top with some of the arugula, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Scatter the Parmesan over the top, and serve immediately.