BREAD: Panzanella salad (Italian bread salad)

Panzanella salad (Italian bread salad)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Bread, tomato, garlic, and olive oil: the combination is delicious every time! Given these ingredients the Spanish make pan con tomate and the Italians make bruschetta or this panzanella. Of the three, I like this bread salad because it has more vegetables than bread. Feel free to toss in olives, capers, or mozzarella if you happen to have them on hand.
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 c stale white bread
  • 1 1/2 c ripe tomatoes about two large tomatoes
  • 1/2 c cucumber about 1/2 cucumber
  • 5 fresh basil leaves torn small
  • 1 small garlic clove crushed
  • 2 T good quality olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t red wine vinegar
  • 1 t salt
Instructions
  1. Chop the tomatoes, cucumber and bread into roughly similar sized pieces, about 1/2 inch square.
  2. Toss all ingredients together.
  3. Let stand for about 10 minutes for the bread to absorb the tomatoes juices then serve.

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