Panzanella salad

16 Jan
It’s hard for a foodie to attend a party or gathering and not bring some kind of food.  It  just doesn’t feel right!  No one necessarily expects you to bring something but you know they’re all wondering what you’ll show up with.  And let’s be  honest, it is more polite to come with something in your hands :)
I decided to make this panzanella salad to bring to my Aunt’s Christmas brunch.  I contemplated bringing some kind of dessert but changed my mind as soon as I saw this recipe.
I think it is a perfect dish for brunch… fresh, crispy, refreshing and delicious.
You will need:
•1 loaf of ciabatta bread
•2 TBS olive  oil, 1/2 cup olive oil
•1 cucumber
•1/4 cup red onion
•1 green pepper
•1 red pepper
•1 cup tomatoes
•1 8 oz. container of bocconcini
•1/4 cup fresh basil
•1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
•salt and pepper to taste
•1/2 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350°
1.) Begin by slicing ciabatta into cubed pieces.
2.) Put cubed bread on a baking sheet, coat with 2 TBS olive oil and salt and pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool when finished baking.
3.) Chop veggies into cubed pieces.
You can leave seeds of cucumbers or remove them.  I decided to remove the seeds so that it wasn’t soggy.
Cut bocconcini in half.

Combine veggies, bocconcini, salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, basil and garlic powder.

4.) Combine bread and veggies and enjoy!
I was traveling with this dish so  I put the bread in a bag and the veggies in a bowl until right before serving so the salad did not become soggy.

I loved this dish and so did everyone else!  And not only is it delicious but isn’t panzanella so fun to say!?!!

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16 Responses to “Panzanella salad”

  1. movesnmunchies January 16, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    wow this looks so easy !! i have never made my own croutons !

    • allieatfood January 17, 2011 at 1:15 am #

      It is pretty easy and the results are so tasty.

  2. Cara Craves... January 16, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Bread and Salad, what could be better!?
    This looks fabulous!
    I actually have a leftover half of baguette,
    maybe I should give this a try.

    • allieatfood January 17, 2011 at 1:16 am #

      It is the perfect combo. And great for any time of year! You should give it a try, I ate this for like 3 days straight haha.

  3. BrittFit January 16, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    that looks soooooo good. i love chopped salads :)

    • allieatfood January 17, 2011 at 1:16 am #

      I really need to make more! So easy and delish.

  4. This Italian Family January 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Very pretty!

  5. New Jersey Nick January 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    You’ve must be really patient. It seriously has take you a while to make this stuff and take all these pictures at the same time.

    • allieatfood January 17, 2011 at 1:17 am #

      It does take patience Nick, but all worth it!

  6. Erika January 17, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I love panzanella salad! I made one once with the addition of chicken and roasted red peppers – it was delicious! :-)

    • allieatfood January 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Yummm! That’s a great idea. I guess you could throw all kinds of things in there!

  7. kbwood January 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    THIS LOOK SO GOOD! so simple and fresh!

  8. Sarah January 18, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    That looks so yummy and good for you! I’m trying it out soon:) How are you doing?!

    • allieatfood January 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      Great! How are YOU!? Looks like you’ve been adventuring, so lucky.


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