Panzanella or don't waste that delicious bread!

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Last Friday when I got home from work, my dear husband had picked up a few things at the market. For some time now, we have been off our preferred Sunday sessions, which will (soon I am hoping) include homemade bread. As such, there has not been a rustic loaf insight. One of the items he picked up was a delicious olive bread.

This weekend was a blur, we each came down with the summer cold going around. Not only, not fun. It is also not productive. Not much got done outside and cooking not at all......After work today I knew we needed something easy, fast and asking for what was on hand, the last thing I want to do after work, is, go to the market.................

Panzanella, Italian Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Vinaigrette

adapted from: No Time to Cook, 20 Minutes or Less
serves 4-6

4 oz dry bread, cut into cubes
4 plum tomatoes, diced
3 T olive oil
2-3 T red wine vinegar
1/4 c chopped fresh basil OR 2-3 T prepared pesto
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper if desired

salad greens for serving, if desired
protein source if serving as a main course, if desired.

Panzanella, Italian Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Vinaigrette

Add tomatoes and bread to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients, toss well. Let rest 10-20 minutes. Toss again before serving.

Panzanella, Italian Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Vinaigrette

To serve, add a handful of salad greens to a plate, top with the Panzella.


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  1. Oh no, summer colds are the worst!

  2. Hi Melynda,
    I hope both you and hubby are getting better from the cold.
    This salad looks like the comfort salad to have anytime. I love eating panzanella and with the crusty bread in it, makes it a complete meal by itself!
    Thanks for linking! Take care!

  3. that is a lovely salad, take care,

  4. When it comes in the summer, I call it a "hot" rather than a cold. :-)
    Your salad looks beautiful and delicious. --Rocquie

  5. Yum! This is one of my favorite summer meals! Hope you guys are feeling better!


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