Late Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad + Best Basil Emulsion + Basil Berry Lemonade
How do you get rid of lazy tomato employees? Can them
How do you fix a broken tomato? Tomato paste
What did the butter say to the bread? I'm on a roll
Summer is almost over, but until it is we are eating all the tomatoes we can get our hands on! The Italian's were smart and created this panzanella (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 that?
The core element of Panzanella is stale bread. Back in time, bread was only baked once a week in the 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… The rest is wonderful 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 its summer all year long.
Have Fun + Be Happy With Healthy Cooking – Chef Erin
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