Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers

For my second installment of Barefoot Bloggers I made Panzanella. I’ve never even heard of this before but hubby and I both loved it. The salad was very flavorful and colorful. Perfect for any summertime meal. The bread crutons got a little soggy by the end of the meal, so if I were traveling with this, I’d definitely add them at the last minute. Thanks Melissa for choosing this recipe. We’ll definitely be making this again sometime soon.

The best part of this salad is that with comes together so quickly. Hubby chopped all the veggies while I did the bread. Then we mixed it all together and sat down to eat.

Panzanella – from Barefoot Contessa Parties! (pg 102)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons capers, drained

For the vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saute 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.

For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.

In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

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7 Responses to “Roasted Garlic Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers”

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    Aimee — March 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    YUM YUM YUM!
    These look so good. Can’t wait to make these once it finally starts feeling like spring around here!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — March 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I love veggie burgers, this looks like a fantastic dinner option!

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    Shannon — March 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    definitely delicious! i’ve been meaning to make a batch of burgers that I can stash in the freezer… these might have to be it 🙂

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    Baked Potato Ovens — March 12, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Dam from the look is so yummy .Cant wait to get it in my stomach.Thanks mate for such a dish…

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    Chaya — June 8, 2014 at 1:20 am

    This is a wonderful idea. I have never thought of using sweet potatoes in veggie burgers and I am thinking about it now.

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

      Definitely check them out. Sweet potato veggie burgers are where it’s at!

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    Jennifer — July 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I’ve tried these and love them! however, how do you make them look so good and stay together? Mine are really wet (even after adding a lot more flour) and stick like crazy to my skillet. Any suggestions?

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