6/22/09

Panzanella with Mozzarella and Basil

Last week I went to Penn Quarter farmer's market and bought bread, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. I thought these ingredients absolutely screamed summer and decided to make a salad from them.

Panzanella is a bread salad usually made from bread, tomatoes and olive oil. This time, I decided to add fresh mozzarella.

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Ingredients for 1 serving (Anna suggested I start mentioning number of servings for my recipes)
1 tomato, cubed
5 basil leaves, torn
2 slices of Italian white bread, cubed
1 small ball of mozzarella, cubed
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Directions
1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a pan and saute the pieces of bread until they turn slightly golden. You can completely ignore this step and add the bread without sauteing it first, but the bread then would turn super soggy in the salad...and who wants that?
2. Combine tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and sauteed bread. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve immediately!

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19 comments:

Jo said...

this look so so good! I'm going to make this tomorrow... I love these flavors so much :)

Thanks! *hug*

Melissa said...

It definitely does scream summer. This looks like something my mom would love, I'll have to make it for her. :)

Hillary said...

Thank you for this recipe! I actually had a similar dish at a bridal shower I went to recently. I thought it was such a great concept! They may have added balsamic vinegar as well.

zoe said...

Yum! So easy and simple. I love using fresh ingredients! These look great!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Simple yes, but you can't go wrong with this list of ingredients :)... yummy!

i beati said...

any soft tomaot recipes for me- I have cancer and no longer can swallow big

Mary said...

What a gorgeous salad. It's simple but packed with flavor. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Megan said...

Your panzanella looks gorgeous. It's a perfect salad in my opinion! I can't wait until there are good tomatoes at my local farmers market!

roseyrebecca said...

That looks amazing and healthy too! I would definitely sautee the bread if I tried this!

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5 Star Foodie said...

I'll make that right now for my late lunch (it'll have to be with french bread today)! Sounds awesome!

Nazarina A said...

Simply fresh ingredients and lovely salivating pictures!

Junglefrog said...

I love panzanella! I only ever made this myself once and then it went rather wrong. The recipe called for just regular bread, so no toasting or anything and as you said... it turned soggy... bleh... Yours looks and sounds fabulous though. Really have to remake it!

Sophie said...

I love panzanella! It never fails,....

YUM YUm YUM YUM YUM!!!

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh my goodness, heavenly!

+Jessie

♥peachkins♥ said...

Wow! very colorful and pretty. This is very mouthwatering Olga...

Sasha said...

This looks great! I just saw Ina Garten make panzanella on her show and now you...I think this is a sign from God. = D

Sara said...

This just screams summer! It looks fantastic.

PS_Iloveyou said...

I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious!

Alterations I made:
I used mozzarella that was packed with Italian herbs and olive oil, so I didn't add any extra seasoning or olive oil to the salad.
I also added an avocado I had been needing to use.

I LOVED this recipe so much I'm going to make it at least once more this week. Probably tomorrow to bring for lunch. The toasted bread is pure genius!

BlueToYou said...

i love this kind of recipe, something easy, classy, and very tasty indeed. you're one of the few "foodie" people who can really offer those kinds of recipes without making the amateur chef intimidated by the whole process. :-D