The tomatoes and peppers in our garden are starting to ripen! We had some leftover french bread and decided to make a panzanella salad. It is an easy and flavorful summer salad.
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
leftover french bread, cubed (about 2 cups)
3-4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1 red onion, sliced
fresh basil leaves, torn or sliced
Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Set the oven to broil. Place bread on a large cookie sheet. Toss with 3 Tablespoons olive oil. Set in the oven and toast the cubes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Chop ingredients for the salad, starting with the tomatoes….
onions, peppers and basil
Place all the vegetables in a salad bowl.
Add the cooled, toasted bread cubes.
Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing:
mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Grate a little parmesan cheese over the top.
Toss all together and serve.