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For a summery appetizer, nothing's easier
than fresh, seasonal produce and firing up the grill. Traditional
panzanella is an Italian summer salad which incorporates semi-stale
bread which has first been moistened either by presoaking in
water or with vinaigrette. Garden-fresh produce like tomatoes,
cucumbers and basil are common ingredients, and its typically
dressed with a simple vinaigrette.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
6 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 loaf (1 pound) rustic Italian, whole-wheat or French bread
(10 to 12-inches long), sliced into 1-inch pieces, cut in half
2 large bell peppers, any color, quartered
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
1/2 English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced thin
1 shallot, sliced thin
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil, plus more for garnish
- For Vinaigrette: Whisk together 1/4 cup
oil, pesto, vinegar and garlic in small bowl; season with salt
- For Panzanella: Gently toss tomatoes with
1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Transfer to colander and set
over bowl or in sink; set aside to drain for 15 minutes, tossing
occasionally (this will allow water to drain out).
- Heat grill to medium-high. Brush bread
pieces on both sides with some remaining oil (you will need about
2 to 3 tablespoons); sprinkle with a little salt. Grill for about
30 seconds on each side or until nicely browned. Set aside.
- Brush peppers and zucchini with a little
remaining oil (about 1 tablespoon will be needed); grill on each
side for about 4 minutes. Cool; cut into bite-size pieces.
- Add tomatoes, cucumber, shallot and basil
to large bowl. Add grilled vegetables and vinaigrette; toss to
coat. For appetizers, spoon a few tablespoons vegetable mixture
over each bread slice and serve bruschetta-style. For a light
entrée, serve two bread slices with about 1 cup of the
vegetable mixture. Garnish with additional shredded basil, if
Makes 20 appetizers or 4 to 6 light entree
Nutritional Information Not Provided.
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