Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

Panzanella

 

Our panzanella begins with a quick toasting of bread cubes, tossed in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and salt, seasoned with Ravida Sea Salt.

1/2 loaf day-old Ciabatta

Cut Ciabatta into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2-3 T extra virgin olive oil in a saute pan. Add the bread into the pan and toss gently for 8-10 minutes until the bread is golden. Add more extra virgin olive oil as needed. 

2-4 heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, coarsely chopped

1 cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced to bite size

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced to bite size

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

10-12 basil leaves

Combine all vegetables and seasonings seasonings in serving bowl. 

Dressing:

1t garlic, minced

1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil (we used Frescobaldi Laudemio), plus more for croutons

3-4T Red Wine Vinegar (see selections here)

Ravida Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper (we like Il Boschetto)

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar. Cover and shake.

Add bread cubes and toss with vegetables. Add dressing and toss to combine again. Add more extra virgin olive oil as needed. Let flavors marry 20-30 minutes and serve at room temperature.

Serves 3-4 as a main dish salad and 8 as a side dish.

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