Summer Garden Panzanella

Summer Garden Panzanella

The scent of summer is laced in the warm evening breeze that’s floating through my open kitchen window.  A familiar seasonal scent that conjures visions of lush salads, grilled stone fruit, cherry pie and fresh made sangria.   Weekend evenings are spent shuffling between the garden and the kitchen, washing my fresh produce in preparation for dinner, while Spotify is playing softly in the background some of our new favorite summer music mixes.  Oh how I love these barefoot, slightly warm and breezy evenings.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf ciabatta, focaccia, or your favorite loaf, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1-2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced fresh red, yellow or orange peppers (optional)
  • 1 cup baby asparagus tips (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber (optional)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red or sweet onion (optional, for a little zing)
  • 1 container of small mozzarella balls (Bocconcini)
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil, chiffonade or chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Good quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated parmesan for garnish
Read the whole recipe on Karista's Kitchen