My Favorite Italian Salad

my favorite Italian salad

In my opinion, it’s not a salad at all!

I love Panzanella Salad a.k.a Tuscan Bread Salad.

I eat this more as a main course rather than a side dish. It has all of the food groups, minus the meat group and give or take a few other groups, in one bowl. Who needs a main course?

Here is how you make this delicious salad in two simple photos.

my favorite Italian salad

See those ingredients above? That is all that’s needed. Bread (preferably stale by a day or two), sweet onion, English cucumber, tomatoes, basil (fresh or dried) and olive oil. That’s it!

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Now chop up those ingredients into bite sized chunks. Put them into a large bowl and pour about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil over everything. Mix well. You really want the bread to be moist from the oil. Add in salt and pepper to taste and mix again. Keep adding the olive oil if the bread seems a bit too dry. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the flavors can meld together.

This is a great example of how simple ingredients can make a delicious and hearty side dish, or in my case a main course. Buon appetito!

 

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