What's in the Refrigerator Panzanella

By • August 22, 2009 • 8 Comments



Author Notes: While at a beach house, I threw together this salad with bits and pieces found in the fridge.MrsWheelbarrow

Serves 4

  • 3 cups 1" (rough) cubed bread, preferably from a good loaf gone a bit stale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes, chopped; if cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1 cup cucumber, seeded and peeled, and cut in half moons
  • 3/4 cups fresh mozzerella, cubed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil and/or parsley
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3-4 tablespoons excellent extra virgin or green olive oil (pine nut or pistachio oil is heavenly)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • fleur de sel
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss cubed bread with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Toast bread cubes for about 10 min. to lightly crisp, stirring halfway through cooking.
  4. While the bread is toasting, chop and prepare the other salad items and toss with the lemon juice into the prettiest serving bowl you can find.
  5. Add the warm bread to the salad items, drizzle on the excellent oil, sprinkle with crunchy fleur de sel and cracked black pepper and serve.
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Tags: can be made ahead, family, quick, quick, simple, stale bread, Summer, tomatoes, Vegetarian

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about 4 years ago dymnyno

A refreshing take on an old classic!

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Thanks so much!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

What is it about toasted bread that makes us all empty out the salad bowl? Never had pine nut or pistachio oil - thanks for the tip!

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

I'm partial to LeBlanc oils - pine nut & pistachio are staples for the magic they add to just about anything. Hope you can find it!

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Today's version (for the photo) includes baby arugula.

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What a great idea! Our family rents a beach house for a week every summer and the last night of dinner is always so challenging--you want to eat up what's in the house and you don't want to buy a lot of food and have leftovers that you have to bring home or throw away...

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Thanks, drbabs. It's really yummy and refreshing ... no matter how big or small you make this salad, or how many people are eating it, there is never any left over.

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Leaving for the beach Sunday--it's in my file!