Tomato and Basil Panzanella Salad

Tomatoes are one of our favorites to grow and we are huge fans of any recipe that showcases this colourful fruit. For our 2019 Plant Sale we are starting 9 delicious varieties of tomato that can be pre-ordered. Feel free to adapt when necessary as these recipes are just guidelines. We are not professional chefs.
 

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons good olive oil • 1 small French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups) • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 pint of tomatoes, cut to desired thickness • 1
large cucumber, halved, then sliced 1/2-inch thick • 1 avocado, cubed (optional)
• 2 small red onions, cut in half and thinly sliced • 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped • 1⁄4 cup feta cheese (optional)

For the vinaigrette

• 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 3 tablespoons regular balsamic or white balsamic vinegar • 1/2 cup good olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently for 10 minutes or until nicely browned. Add
more oil as needed.

2. For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

3. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion and, basil. 

3 Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette.

4. Top with cheese, if desired

5. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

6. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavours to blend.

7. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Adapted From: Ina Garten
Photo credit: Catena Farm