Panzanella is a traditional Italian salad made with leftover stale bread, tomatoes and basil. For a weeknight meal, this salad is the easiest one I have found... yet.... Panzanella is a very summery dish but using seasonal vegetables this dish can be made all round the year. Adding apples to this light summery salad gives this dish a very welcome fall flavor to it.. Dressing for this salad cannot be any simpler either: just olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. I added some black beans that I had on hand to make this hearty enough for a light supper. But feel free to add any kind of beans. Also, to reduce the pungent taste of onions, soak sliced onions in ice cold water for 10 min, drain and pat dry before adding it in the salad. This ensures a crunchy yet mellow onion flavor. —Rajee
Bread, bite sized cubes
Tomato, seeded and quartered
Black bean, optional
Cilantro or Parsley, finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Black Pepper, to taste
Parmesan Cheese, shredded
In This Recipe
Mix 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the bread in this mixture, spread it on a sheet pan.
Toast it in a 425ºF pre-heated oven for 10 min or until the bread turns golden brown and crunchy.
In a salad bowl whisk in rest of the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
Toss in the veggies, bread, beans and mix well until the dressing is evenly distributed.