Sep 09
Panzanella3 Comments

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I usually like to share a dessert recipe on Fridays, but I thought it might be fun to celebrate tomatoes. I love the fact that Jersey tomatoes are in their prime right now and I have four more recipes that include tomatoes coming to you in the near future. A few weekends ago at the beach we had everyone there for Laura (my youngest sister) and Blair’s birthday. We decided to make this salad since they had it the week before and loved it. It was a great change up to a traditional salad. The juicy tomatoes, bread, and basil combine to give you a delicious party in your mouth. The dressing is simple and I love how the few ingredients can create a fantastic side dish.

(Printable Recipe)

4 large vine ripened tomatoes, cut into large cubes or wedges
1/2 pound stale country-style Italian bread, crusts removed and cubed (about 8 cups)
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced red onions

For the dressing:
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Italian extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh basil, stems removed, washed and spun dry, torn into pieces
1/2 cup-1 cup crumbled feta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What you’ll do:

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, bread, and onions. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, vinegar and oil. Pour the dressing over the bread salad. Toss to coat the bread pieces evenly. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Add the basil, feta, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Source: Slightly adapted from Emeril Lagasse

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3 Responses to Panzanella

  1. Nicole, RD says:

    I can’t think of a better way to kill off my basil plant for the year…this looks soooo good! And really fresh :)

  2. This is beautiful! I love all the colors.

  3. purabi naha says:

    This is a great dish and I am keeping the recipe. Love the colours in this dish! Coincidentally, I visited three websites this morning and all three of them have tomatoes as the main ingredient (even my latest post is a tomato chutney!)

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