Friday, August 20, 2010
Panzanella is Italian for bread salad, popular in the summer months when tomatoes and basil are prolific. I love the tomato-basil combination, but I also adore the Greek flavors of tomatoes, oregano and feta. This kind of salad is a staple at our house this time of year when the tomatoes are booming. It's fresh, quick to throw together and doesn't heat up the house.
For the salad:
1/2 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (4-6 cups)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 red bell peppers, large diced (you could also use yellow or orange or a combination for more color contrast)
4-6 roma tomatoes, diced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced in half rounds
1/2 pound feta cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
For the vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil
Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Add more olive oil as needed.
Place the cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and red onion in a large bowl.
For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a small bowl. While still whisking, add the olive oil and make an emulsion.
Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta, olives and bread cubes and mix together lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.
SOURCE: Adapted from Ezra Pound Cake
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