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Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables


  • 1/4 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 slices crusty country Italian bread, about 1-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled*, if desired, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup roasted red sweet peppers, cut into bite-size strips
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper (optional)


Trim stem end of beans and cut into 2-inch pieces. In a large saucepan cook beans in lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl of ice water. When chilled, drain and set aside.

Brush bread slices with 1 tablespoon oil. Toast on a grill or under the broiler until lightly browned, turning once. Cool slightly, then tear bread into 1-inch pieces.
In a large serving bowl combine beans, bread, tomatoes, cucumber, sweet peppers, red onion, olives and basil.

For dressing: In a small screw-top jar combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, the vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cover and shake well to combine. Pour half of the dressing over tomato mixture; toss gently. Pour remaining dressing over tomato mixture. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

When ready to serve, toss again. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, if you like.


* Bring a large pan of water to boil over high heat. Meanwhile, core the tomatoes and make a small shallow “x” in the other end. When water comes to boil, add the tomatoes and cook for 10 to 15 seconds until skin begins to loosen at the cuts. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute or until cool enough to handle. Remove skin and discard.

Nutrition Facts

(Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables)

Servings Per Recipe 6, Niacin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 8, Folate (µg) 48, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 2, calcium (mg) 30, sugar (g) 3, sodium (mg) 304, iron (mg) 1, Potassium (mg) 273, cal. (kcal) 175, vit. A (IU) 680, pro. (g) 2, vit. C (mg) 45, carb. (g) 13, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 13, Riboflavin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0


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