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Perfect Panzanella Bread Salad

Do you have some stale bread and tomatoes past their prime? Do not throw them out! Panzanella is a wonderful Italian salad designed for such ingredients, blending the bread and tomatoes with other tasty items to result in a spectacular salad. Bread might sound like an unusual item to add to a salad but actually it works really well. Not only are you using up the stale remnants of a loaf which would otherwise be thrown out, but you are making something truly tasty.

This tasty summer salad is easy enough for any beginner cook to master, and there is no ‘cooking’ as such involved anyway. You only have to prepare and combine the ingredients. Serve it with roast chicken or barbeque meat, and enjoy the lovely flavors and texture combination that panzanella offers. Each serving of this is less than 400 calories. The salad is vegetarian as it stands, but throw in some chopped anchovies or leftover cooked chicken if you want. Even a few shrimp could be incorporated into panzanella.

Once you have tasted this dish you will fall in love with the magnificent flavors. Also this dish was designed to use up leftover stale bread, it is a worthy meal in its own right, and the slightly dried-out bread is heavenly with the tomatoes, oil and vinegar dressing, and other ingredients in there. This recipe is easy to double or even triple if you want to feed a crowd, and although it is best served right away it can also be refrigerated for a few hours if you need to make it ahead. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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