Panzanella Bread Salad

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A fun spin on a classic bruschetta, this bread salad is a fresh way to make use of leftover/stale bread. Crunchy, salty and bright, this dish makes a great appetizer for a warm summer dinner or side to bring to share at a cookout.

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  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 40 mins

    15 mins

    55 mins

  • Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients

6 cups stale or day-old Sourdough or Italian bread, cubed

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 large cloves garlic, finely minced

salt and pepper

1 packet Mrs. Wages® Bruschetta Seasoning Instant Mix

1 tsp dried basil leaves

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 large ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped

1 seedless cucumber, quartered and sliced

1/2 large red onion, sliced

6 (8ounce) freshmozzarella, cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2Cut bread into 1 inch cubes.

3In a large bowl, toss bread with 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. When the oil is absorbed by the bread and evenly coated, lay bread on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in the oven until toasted and golden, about 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool down on sheet pan.

4In the same large mixing bowl, whisk together Mrs. Wages® Bruschetta Seasoning, basil, 1/3 cup olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

5Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, mozzarella and olives. Toss to combine.

6Right before serving, add the toasted bread cubes to the bowl and toss to combine.

7Serve immediately.

Tips & Tricks
• If available, substitute 1 tsp dried basil leaves with 2 Tbsp fresh basil, minced for an even fresher bite.
• 4 large ripe tomatoes can be substituted with 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained very well.

 

Recipe suggestion: Panzanella Bread Salad

 

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