Panzanella (Tomato and Bread Salad)

QSis

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My part-time roommate stays with me 2-3 nights a week. She ALWAYS brings a loaf of French bread, a baguette or fresh crusty rolls, and I'm not much of a bread-eater, but I hate to toss food out.

Tonight, I made a simple panzanella, which I LOVE!!!

I used:
- half a loaf of French bread, cubed,
- four small garden tomatoes, cubed
- some thinly sliced red onion
- chiffonaded basil

Tossed together with a mixture of 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Served this as a side with my beloved store-bought rotisserie chicken.

MAN! This was a great after-work meal!

Lee
 

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lilbopeep

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That looks fantastic Lee. I have never had that before. I usually just have tomato salad with the bread on the side to dip. This sounds wonderful.
 

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Thanks, LS and Peep.

Peep, this is a good way to use up French bread that's a day or two old. The dressing and juice of the tomatoes moistens the bread and it's delicious!

Lee
 

Carolina Cooking

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:a1::a1: love this salad. I made it a lot.
when I could eat bread. :(

when I lived in Md, my neighbor from Boston would go up on business & brng back on the plane. some place had the best chinese food in the world.can you amagine the other folks saying whats that smell. :laugh::laugh:
then the bread. omg he brought back bread. like we didn't already have the greatest bread from all the ethnic bakerys in Baltimore. I was at the time getting my sourdough right from San FranCa. by UPS. then Boston bread. wow I was in love. :thumb:
 

QSis

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Bump!

This time I used scallions, and I drizzled a little Good Seasons Italian salad dressing on the bread salad.

Can't wait to be using my own homegrown tomatoes for this! My basil is ready - just waiting for the tomatoes to catch up!

Lee
 

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QSis

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Haven't made this for awhile, but I had half a loaf of Italian bread and lots of tomatoes and basil, and a small chunk of mozzarella.

I used the NYTimes recipe this time, and although I liked the toasted bread cubes better than non-toasted, I had to add Good Seasonings Italian dressing for flavor.

I'll stick with the Good Seasonings from now on.

Lee
 

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