Barefoot Bloggers – Panzanella
Here we are … another Barefoot Blogger Thursday! I was really excited about making August’s first recipe Panzanella, which was chosen by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen. I’ve heard of panzanella, I may have tried it before, but I’ve never actually made it myself. It is such an unbelievably fresh and simple salad but at the same time quite impressive.
The recipe calls for using a French bread but I decided to change that up a bit. I wanted to incorporate a whole grain bread in it so I found a hearty whole grain with flax loaf at my grocery’s bakery, as well as a yummy kalamata olive bread. I can’t wait to make this again!
Oh and I have to just say….Congratulations Michael Phelps! I am just amazed at what he is accomplishing. Unbelievable!
Recipe found in Barefoot Contessa Parties!
3 TB good olive oil
1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp 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, coarsly chopped
3 TB capers, drained
For the vinaigrette:
1 tsp finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 TB Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
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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