Fourth of July

What's in the Refrigerator Panzanella

August 22, 2009
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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 cup 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
In This Recipe
  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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