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.
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
salt & pepper to taste
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!