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  PANZANELLA BREAD SALAD
 
  SERVINGS: 4 to 6
 

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 20 minutes

 

SUBMISSION DATE: 3/26/2013

 
 
INGREDIENTS
 

For the Salad:
2–5 oz bags Fresh Gourmet® Classic Caesar Croutons or your favorite flavor
2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
2 cups halved NatureSweet® Cherubs® Tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced hothouse cucumber
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
3 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste




  DIRECTIONS
 

To prepare the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, orange juice, garlic, thyme, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisking constantly, add the extra virgin olive oil in a stream until well incorporated.

In another bowl, combine the Fresh Gourmet® Classic Caesar Croutons, basil leaves, NatureSweet® Cherubs® Tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and yellow bell pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the crouton mixture and toss well to coat. Let salad sit for 20 minutes until most of the dressing has been absorbed. Toss again and divide among four plates. Garnish each salad with shaved parmesan and serve.