Panzanella

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
  • 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.


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It's fabulous. I make this all the time. Instead of making the vinaigrette per the recipe I use Trader Joe's Champagne Vinaigrette and it's wonderful and a big time and ingredient saver. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No, no, no. That's not panzanella. Panzanella has not cooked bread, no pepper, no capers. Just soak bread in cold water, squeeze, mix with red onion, basil, tomato, cucumber (even if I don't like it), vinegar salt pepper and oil. SERVE COOL. feel free to robotranslate http://www.panzanellatoscana.it or http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzanell... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic Salad! Makes a great entree or substantial side dish. I make this, as written, often and it is perfect every time. Sometimes I give it a greek twist and omit the basil and add fresh oregano, pitted greek olives and good feta cheese. Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my husband's new favorite dish! It's perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best!! A summer staple and my most requested picnic dish. The basil makes this dish. Oh and the bread of course. 10 stars!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this to a dinner party, everyone loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely wonderful. Didn't have everything called for so substitutions were made. I had fresh mint - great choice. I had an orange muscat champagne vinegar. Nice flavor add there. I had no mustard, made no sub there. Finally, since this was dinner, I added smoked provolone. Gotta have protein. What blew me away was the texture and flavor of the toasted bread. I've never had anything like it. My rating is a 5+ or a 9. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe but changed it a bit. I didn't have cukes and basil but added a few tbsps.of pesto I had on hand before I added the vinaigrette. I used white wine instead of champagne vineger. Poured the whole bowl over a bed of greens and it was amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! Fun to make and delicious. I also used white vinegar and can't see how champagne vinegar would change the taste. I cut the veggies and marinated them in the vinegarette for a few hours and added the toasted bread cubes about 20 minutes before serving. Delicious!! Ina you never let me down! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond