Now I present to you the final recipe of my Italian feast. Mind you by this point my guest had arrived and I was trying to cook, entertain and photograph all at the same time. Unfortunately due to my lacking skills in multitasking, step-by-step photos didn’t happen and may of them were blurred. The good news is I didn’t burn myself, sever any fingers or accidentally poison my guest, so I think I did ok.
This was my first Pazanella Salad and why I deprived myself so long of this beautiful salad is beyond me. I guess I always thought that it was just a salad with glorified croutons. I was so wrong and I am so sorry. *Stupid, stupid, stupid*
I made this salad with a day old loaf of homemade olive oil bread, but you don’t have to do that, a store bought French bread or boule will work just fine. I just lucked out and happened to have some dough in the refrigerator. Thanks to this wicked awesome cookbook!
This salad is everything you could ever want it to be, full of flavor, textures, color and simple….simple good! Nothing complicated about this dish. To make my life a wee bit easier I made the dressing and chopped the vegetables the night before. When it was time to assemble I just toasted the bread in a cast iron skillet, combined everything and tossed. I almost followed the recipe to a “T”, but I left out the capers and basil….only because I was distracted. 🙁 But it;s all good, it was still delicious and nutritious!
The salad was an instant hit and of course my guest were picking out their favorites. Some liked more peppers, some liked more tomato. but everyone wanted more bread.
The idea that a Panzanella is a salad with glorified crutons was so wrong. Croutons are there just as a garnish but in a Panzanella the bread is the star. It takes in all the flavor of the salad without getting soggy, it really is a wonderful salad. Perfect for the summer and a better option than a heavy potato or pasta salad.