Panzanella (Bread Salad)
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Tuscans hate to waste a scrap of bread. Panzanella, a bread salad that combines vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and basil with olive oil and vinegar, is one solution for transforming day-old bread into a delicious summer meal. For best results, use chewy, coarse-textured bread.
- 2 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more
- 3 Tbs. balsamic or red wine vinegar, plus more
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 6 to 8 thick slices country-style white bread, torn
into bite-size pieces
Wine PairingThis pairs well with smooth, medium-bodied red wines like the Rosa Del Golfo Scaliere Negroamaro, Salento from our Wine Club.
Directions:In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and basil. Drizzle with the 1/2 cup olive oil and the 3 Tbs. vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss well.
Place half of the bread in a wide, shallow bowl. Spoon half of the tomato mixture over the bread. Layer the remaining bread on top and then the remaining tomato mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Just before serving, toss the salad and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. If the bread seems dry, add a little oil or vinegar. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.