Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Panzanella salad - show off your summer bounty

I love this panzanella salad because I can put it together quickly without consulting a cookbook, because it tastes like summer on a plate, and because when my guests comment on how delicious it is (cause they always do), I can casually point out that the ingredients come from my garden. Don't believe me? Try it yourself. I'd like to know if they DON'T ooh and aah over it!

Toss together in a large bowl:
  • french bread cubed and sauteed in a pan with olive oil and chopped garlic
  • tomatoes cut into wedges or large chunks
  • sliced fresh mozzarella - I aim for large bite sized pieces
  • basil snipped into thin ribbons
  • very thinly sliced red onion
  • a very generous amount of balsamic vinegar drizzled on the salad to taste

The bread will soak up the balsamic vinegar and juice from the tomatoes. Feel free to add an extra drizzle of olive oil if you like.


  1. That's a healthy way to start the day.

  2. Hey, you grow french bread and mozzarella, too?? haha! Sounds simple and favorite kind of recipes ;)

  3. Hello Wendy, what a surprise you gave me today. Glad to know that somebody like you are reading my blog ;-) This season of life, I am blogging about my garden and happy to know you many others are doing the same. Hope to you to know you better in the future. Enjoy your summer salad! The mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar sounds good to me... yum yum.

  4. Sounds so yummy Wendy! Cheese and salad just go so well together... gonna have to try it when my tomatoes ripen =)

  5. You couls also add some garden cucumbers!

  6. I am SO trying this for dinner tonight!

  7. Oh yum that sounds like a really good meal. I usually do the caprese salad, but I like the addition of the onions and the sauteed bread. I'll have to try it.

  8. It is definitely a nice meal!

    Lynn, don't challenge me or I may just have to make my own cheese and start growing some wheat too! :)

  9. Can't wait for the tomatoes to start rolling in so we can try them your way. We've only had a random few so far, but the future looks promising.

  10. Sounds delicious! We do caprese sandwiches with mostly the same ingredients - mozz., sliced tomatoes, basil leaves, a drizzle of balsamic and oil, toasted like a grilled cheese sandwich. :o)

    Something about tomatoes, basic and mozzarella just go so perfectly together! I'm gonna try your recipe tomorrow. :o)


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