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Wegmans Panzanella

Wegmans Chef Nella Neeck shows you how to created a unique, refreshing summer salad/side dish with tomatoes, basil, Italian bread and more. This is a perfect salad for summer when the vegetables are in season and very sweet. This salad is not only delicious and beautifully colorful; but the textures make each bite even more inviting. It provides a surprising burst of melded flavors in each bite.
Ingredients
  Italian bread loaf 1⁄2 Large, 1/2-inch cubes
  Cherry tomatoes 2 Pint, halved lengthwise
  Red onion 1⁄2 Large, peeled, 1/4-inch dice
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), peeled, finely chopped
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Red wine vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs), torn into bite-size pieces
  Salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
  Mozzarella cheese 4 Ounce (Pearlini Mozzarella Cheese)
  Escarole/Arugula 7 Ounce
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

MAKING
2. Toast bread cubes, 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned, but still soft inside.
3. Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and basil in large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Let set at room temp 1 hour.

SERVING
5. Add pearlini and bread cubes to tomato mixture and toss to combine. Serve over escarole, watercress or arugula

TIPS
Any type of tomato can be used as long as it's cut into bite-size pieces.
Make 1 hour ahead to let flavors meld together.
Great use for leftover bread.
If there are leftovers of the salad, whirl in a blender with more tomatoes, cucumbers and a bit of tomato juice for a fantastic soup--add garlic and herbs to taste, along with lemon or lime juice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Tuscan
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Tossed
Dish: 
Salad, Bread
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 702 Calories from Fat 337

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 37 g56.7%

Saturated Fat 6.5 g32.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 22.4 mg7.5%

Sodium 986 mg41.1%

Total Carbohydrates 69 g23.2%

Dietary Fiber 7.2 g29%

Sugars 11.8 g

Protein 19 g37.1%

Vitamin A 59.9% Vitamin C 80.2%

Calcium 31.6% Iron 22%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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