Summer is almost over, but until then we are eating all the tomatoes we can get our hands on! The Italian's were smart and created this Panzanella (pronounced: pahn-zah-NEHL-lah): salad, using bread, olive oil, basil, and juicy tomatoes. A bread salad? Seriously. Get out of town. Who would not say yes to that?
The core element of Panzanella is stale bread. Way back in time, bread was only baked once a week in communal ovens, so people would have to make the most of their bread for the entire week. They soaked the stale bread in water and vinegar and then mixed it with whatever fresh vegetables and tomatoes were available in the garden. Thank goodness for this stale bread because it created culinary history!
We eat a lot of salads at Sticky Fingers Cooking, and classic Panzanella is our absolute favorite. Most kids love it. YES – Kids can and will love salad. Salads are also a great choice to get kids involved in the kitchen. This easy Panzanella salad is no exception. No real cooking involved and tons of veggies to prep. Juicy summer tomatoes, sharp vinaigrette, tons of fresh basil, and little toasted cubes of crunchy bread, only slightly softened by all that luscious salty fresh tomato juice and rich olive oil…too good to refuse.
Get your kids in the kitchen and have them help you make this super simple, very tasty weeknight meal! With the Basil Berry Lemonade, you can really pretend it's summer all year long. Have Fun + Be Happy! Mangia bene (eat well, in Italian)!
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