4th of July Salad Favorite : Farmers Market Panzanella | Heirloom Tomatoes Red Peppers Fresh Basil

4th of July Salad Favorite : Farmers Market Panzanella | Heirloom Tomatoes Red Peppers Fresh Basil

4th of July Salad Favorite : Farmers Market Panzanella

When produce season is in full swing, it is great to have a recipe that utilizes everything that looks great at the farmers markets: tomatoes, peppers, fresh basil, etc.  This panzanella is one of my favorite summer side dishes - it is always oogled over when I serve it at parties.  The best part is that the only thing you have to do is chop vegetables, stir together a dressing and make croutons - which, by the way, is much easier than you'd think!

Panzanella came from the need to stretch fresh vegetables and use left over bread... proof that all great things come out of necessity.  This panzanella recipe is fairly traditional, but you can use whatever fresh vegetables you have around.  I have a friend sending me a panzanella with strawberries.  I also think a watermelon version might be worth a try... maybe with a balsamic vineagarette?  Leave a comment with your panzanella ideas.  Maybe we should have a contest?!

Croutons :

Ingredients

  • When produce season is in full swing, it is great to have a recipe that utilizes everything that looks great at the farmers markets: tomatoes, peppers, fresh basil, etc.  This panzanella is one of my favorite summer side dishes - it is always oogled over when I serve it at parties.  The best part is that the only thing you have to do is chop vegetables, stir together a dressing and make croutons - which, by the way, is much easier than you'd think!
  • 1 small loaf of good bread (6 cups)
  • Sea Salt & Pepper
  • Vegetables :
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound of tomatoes (I used heirloom cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 20 large basil leaves
  • Dressing :
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon
  • 3 tablespoons White Wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Read the whole recipe on Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick