July 25, 2011

Panzanella - A Delicious Summer Salad

Well, I think I have found my new favorite summer salad!  I've had my eye on the Panzanella recipe from my Our Best Bites cookbook for several months.  I made it tonight for our 'Meatless Monday' meal {my husband loves Mondays - ha!}.

I cut the original recipe in half and it made more than enough for the two of us.

Here's what I used:

1/2 of a Cucumber
1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper
3 Tomatoes
1/2 of a Red Onion
3/4 c. Fresh Mozzarella
Handful of Basil, chopped
1/2 loaf French Bread
Olive Oil

Chop veggies to desired size and toss together in bowl with mozzarella and basil.

For the dressing, mix together:

1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 T Balsamic Vinegar
1 T Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
Kosher Salt

Combine everything and whisk until blended.  Set aside.

Cut french bread into 1 inch cubes.  The original recipe said to bake the bread but I heated olive oil and garlic in a pan until hot and added the bread.  Sprinkle with a little salt and stir until pieces are crispy.

Combine the veggies and bread and top with dressing.  Toss together and serve.

I knew the recipe would be good but it turned out amazing!!  I will definitely be making it again soon.


Shirley said...

What a wonderful looking salad!! It's beautiful with all the colors too!

alissa said...

Looks so delicious and healthy Emily!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Yum, this sounds delish! May just have to try it (with a little meat on the side).

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

What a great recipe. I will have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing and linking up to TMTT.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Greta said...

YUM! This will be lunch tomorrow :)

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

A saw a friend of mine make this with croutons out of a box and bell peppers instead of the cucumber. All the rest was pretty much the same and it was GOOD! Homemade croutons are probably way better though! Bisous xoxo

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That salad looks like a PERFECT prescription for the heat wave blues we are having around here!! Thank you for some fresh inspiration! blessings ~ tanna

Lisa said...

This sounds amazing! I love these types of salads! I definitely need to try this!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Yum Emily!! I've been wanting to try a Panzanella Salad - this looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe! :)

Wende said...

All I can say is "yummy" and I can't wait to try it. I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post.


Thanks for sharing!

The Rickett Chronicles

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I would love this salad too.YUM!

Angela said...

Oh this looks delicious! I am going to try it this weekend.Thank you for the recipe :)

Angela said...

I am soooo making this salad!!! Thank you for sharing :) I love your blog and have had a ball going through all the little goodies on it.

Rachelle said...


The Starr Family said...

You are missed in bloggy land!!!!

Rachelle said...

Are you ever going to blog again? I check here all the time. :o(

Krystina said...

Just made this tonight and it was delicious!

Opted out of the bell pepper, added in a handful of feta, let the red onion slices sit in some red wine vinegar to pickle slightly, and smashed a garlic clove (instead of mincing) to let it marry in with the other dressing ingredients.

I have a black moleskin that I handwrite my most treasured recipes in ... the ones that are privileged enough to be repeated. This one made the book! (And I'm pretty picky!) Absolutely delightful salad. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!