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Panzanella

A delicious Tuscan salad featuring homemade croutons, garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and feta, all brought together with a zingy herbal dressing.
Course Appetizer, lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Tuscan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 210kcal

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

    For the Salad

    • loaf of brioche
    • 1/2 red onion
    • 2 cucumbers
    • 3-4 heirloom tomatoes
    • 1/4 lb feta cheese 113g
    • 2 tbsp olive oil 30mL
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 118mL
    • oregano to top
    • salt and pepper to taste

    For the Dressing

    • 1/2 cup olive oil 118mL
    • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 30mL
    • 1/2 lemon juiced
    • 2 tsp fresh oregano crushed
    • 1 tsp fresh thyme crushed
    • 1 shallot minced
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    INSTRUCTIONS

      For the Salad

      • Cut the crusts off of the brioche loaf. Cut into cubes and put on a baking pan. Drizzle the olive oil and add salt and pepper. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350F. Toss croutons half way through baking.
      • Chop up red onion. Put into a bowl with the white wine vinegar to marinate.
      • Cut cucumbers in half and deseed with a teaspoon. Slice them depending on personal preference.
      • Chop tomatoes into cubes. (Large or small depending on preference).

      For the Dressing

      • Add all of the ingredients into a jar and shake it up. Make sure to crush up the oregano and thyme and mince the shallot.

      For the Assembly

      • In a large bowl, toss the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and marinated onions.
      • Crumble up and add feta cheese. Give the salad a toss and sprinkle on some more oregano.
      • Add the croutons, pour the dressing on and toss the salad again.

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      Notes

      • ANY bread will work for this salad and if your wondering, a stale french bread is probably the most popular as it holds its structure and absorbs all that dressing.
      • You can add butter lettuce, rocket or almost any mixed green to this salad.
      • If making ahead just mix all the main ingredients except the dressing and croutons then add those at the last moment and toss.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2.3g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.3mg