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    Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    15 mins

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    evelyn/athens's Note:

    Why throw away the rest of that good, dense loaf you picked up at the bakery the other day? This is what the Italians do with day-old (or older) bread. Simply delicious!!!

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 2 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaf, torn into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, plus more as needed
    • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 6 -8 slices thick country bread, torn into bite-size pieces (sourdough is good - dense, bakery bread)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, garlic and basil.
    2. 2
      Drizzle with the 1/2 cup olive oil and the 3 tblsps vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss well.
    3. 3
      Place half of the bread in a wide, shallow bowl.
    4. 4
      Spoon half of the tomato mixture over the bread.
    5. 5
      Layer the remaining bread on top and then the remaining tomato mixture.
    6. 6
      Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    7. 7
      Just before serving, toss the salad and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      If the bread seems dry, add a little oil or vinegar.
    9. 9
      Serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 23, 2010

      55

      This was just so good! I scaled it all back for 2 but now we know what all the fuss is about. For the bread, we had just enough Italian bread from Rustic Italian Bread ABM left over. So good, so fresh, light. TY for the recipe.

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    • on April 09, 2004

      45

      I enjoyed this more than Russell, but then I love panzanella where as he can't get over the "soggy bread". I'll keep trying to conver him though! I though this was so yummy, such nice dressing, and just the right amount of it.

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    • on February 02, 2004

      55

      Great panzanella salad.Good served on the side with steak.Great way to use day old bread

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    Nutritional Facts for Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

    Serving Size: 1 (200 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 559.5
     
    Calories from Fat 261
    46%
    Total Fat 29.0 g
    44%
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    21%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 501.6 mg
    20%
    Total Carbohydrate 63.5 g
    21%
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    15%
    Sugars 7.9 g
    31%
    Protein 12.9 g
    25%

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