Effortless Summer Feasts: 4-Step Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad

As the summer sun graces us with its warm embrace, the quest for light, refreshing, and effortless meals becomes a delightful necessity. Enter the Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad—a vibrant, hearty dish that embodies the essence of summer dining. This four-step recipe promises to transform your dinner table into a colorful feast of flavors and textures, perfect for those balmy evenings when the last thing you want is to be stuck in a hot kitchen.

In this article, we unveil the secrets to crafting a perfect panzanella salad, a traditional Italian favorite that combines the rustic charm of toasted baguette croutons with the fresh, zesty notes of cherry tomatoes, arugula, and salty olives. With just 30 minutes of prep time and a few simple steps, you can create a dish that not only satisfies the palate but also nourishes the soul.

Join us as we guide you through the process of making this delightful salad, complete with a tangy Dijon Vinaigrette dressing that ties all the ingredients together in a symphony of taste. Whether you’re hosting a summer soirée or simply looking for a quick and nutritious dinner option, this Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad is sure to become your go-to recipe for the season.
As ‍the summer sun graces us with its warm embrace, the quest for light, refreshing, and effortless meals becomes a delightful ‍necessity. Enter the Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad—a vibrant, hearty dish that embodies the ‍essence of summer dining.​ This four-step recipe promises to transform ‌your dinner table into a colorful feast of flavors and textures, perfect‌ for those balmy evenings when the last thing you⁣ want is to be stuck in a hot kitchen.

In this article, we unveil the⁤ secrets to crafting a perfect panzanella salad, a traditional Italian favorite that combines the rustic ⁣charm of toasted baguette croutons with⁣ the fresh, zesty notes‍ of cherry tomatoes, arugula, and ⁤salty ‍olives. With‌ just‍ 30 minutes of ​prep time and ​a few simple steps,⁢ you can ⁣create a dish that not only satisfies the palate but also nourishes the soul.

Join us as we guide you through the process of⁤ making this delightful salad, complete with a tangy Dijon Vinaigrette dressing that ⁤ties ‌all the ingredients together in a symphony of taste. Whether you’re hosting a⁤ summer soirée ⁣or simply looking ​for a quick and⁣ nutritious ⁣dinner option, this ⁢Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad is sure to become your go-to recipe for the⁣ season.

Hearty salad of bread cubes, red and yellow tomatoes, spinach, and olives on white plate and wooden table with yellow flowers on the right

This Four-Step Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad Makes Summer Dinners a Breeze

We have your go-to recipe for a hearty summer salad packed with flavor, nutrition, and bright colors.

In this panzanella salad, enjoy the tastes of salty olives, arugula, and cherry tomatoes, while toasted baguette croutons offer the perfect crunch.

Celebrate summer a little early this year with every bite of this satisfying salad.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 20-25 minutes (to toast bread)

Makes: 4 dinner servings or 8 side dishes

Ingredients:

For salad:
1 large baguette, cut into 3-inch cubes before toasting
1 large European-style cucumber, peeled and chopped bite-size
4 cups arugula, chopped bite-size
2 pints multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved
16 oz artichoke hearts, chopped
12 oz kalamata olives, halved
6 oz capers
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp salt

For Dijon Vinaigrette dressing:
1 shallot, minced
2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp red wine or apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
Optional: 1 tsp sugar

Instructions:

  • For bread: Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake bread on baking sheet for about 20-25 minutes at 300°F, or until just lightly toasted.
  • For tomatoes: Place the tomatoes in a colander in a larger bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and let sit for about 10 minutes to draw water out.
  • For dressing: Place all ingredients (except olive oil) in a large mixing bowl. With a wire whisk, add the olive oil in a slow stream and mix until incorporated.
  • For salad assembly: Combine all salad ingredients in large bowl. Add the Dijon Vinaigrette and toss until completely incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!

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