Panzanella

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Sharon123

This is a traditional Italian salad using day-old bread and is ideal to serve for lunch or as a simple supper.

Top Review by dianegrapegrower

Excellent salad! My tomatoes were super juicy, so the bread turned a bit pink - but so delicious. Used jarred roasted peppers since I had them (and subbing the juice for part of the vinegar) Omitted the anchovies. Subbed fresh parsley for the basil. We'll be making this often.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and place in a large bowl.
  2. Working over a plate to catch any juices, cut the tomatoes into fourths, reserving the juices.
  3. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the cores and seeds, then finely chop the flesh.
  4. Add to the bread cubes.
  5. Drizzle 5 tbls.
  6. olive oil over the mixture and toss with your hands, until well coated.
  7. Pour in the reserved tomato juice and toss again.
  8. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, halve and seed the peppers.
  10. Place on a broiler rack, skin side up, and cook under a preheated broiler for 10 minutes, or until the skins are charred and the flesh softened.
  11. Place in a plastic bag, seal, and set aside for 20 minutes.
  12. Peel off the skins and finely chop the flesh.
  13. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3 strips lengthwise.
  14. Using a teaspoon, scoop out and discard the seeds.
  15. Dice the cucumber.
  16. Add the onion, bell peppers, cucumber, anchovy fillets (if using), and capers to the bread and toss together.
  17. Sprinkle with the red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  18. Drizzle with extra olive oil or vinegar if necessary, but be careful not to let the salad become too oily or soggy.
  19. Sprinkle the fresh basil over the salad to garnish and serve immediately.
  20. Enjoy!

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