Summer Tomato Panzanella
By Heather McDougall
My daughter, Heather, returned home from a trip with a craving for the bread salad she'd enjoyed while away. She created this one, which is best when it's made with fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes from the garden or your local farmers' market.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
2 Spread out the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes to dry. Let cool on the sheet.
3 Put the cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, basil, and olives into a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette, garlic, water, vegetable broth, and vinegar.
4 About 15 minutes before serving, add the toasted bread cubes to the vegetable mixture and mix to distribute the ingredients evenly. Add the dressing and toss again. Let the salad stand for 15 minutes before serving to allow the bread cubes to soak up some of the dressing. Serve.
Note: A recipe for Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette can be found in Dressings & Sauces, or you can use a bottled one.