146.6...Panzanella Salad

The Bunco recipes continue with another fabulous salad: Panzanella. Again, this was another Ina Garten recipe so I knew it would be spectacular!

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Panzanella (Serves 12)

Recipe from Ina Garten 


3 Tbsp good olive oil

1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced

20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped 

3 Tbsp capers, drained

For the vinaigrette:

1 tsp. finely minced garlic

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

3 Tbsp champagne vinegar

1/2 cup good olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

2. For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together. 

3. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for half an hour for the flavors to blend. 

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Last night there wasn’t a ton of time for dinner so pasta and salad it was!

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My husband is participating in his company’s basketball team so we went to watch his game last night.

Today’s breakfast:

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I dropped my son off at camp, ran some errands, then headed to the La Jolla Community Center for a cooking class with Phillis Carey. Today’s class was “Fresh Summer Cooking."

The first recipe was Provencal Grilled Pizzas Topped with Eggplant, Tomatoes, Olives, Arugula and Goat Cheese:

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Fabulous! The flavors were so delicious together! 

The next plate had two recipes: 

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Caprese and Grilled Zucchini and Pepper Bow Tie Pasta Salad:

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While the chicken was really tasty, the pasta salad stole the show. I wish I had had this recipe for my salad Bunco! Next time!

Next up was Spicy Basil Balsamic Marinated Grilled Salmon Topped with Corn and Pepper Relish:

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Another good one! I didn’t love the black olives in the corn relish but other than that, it was good!

The next recipe was Grilled Teriyaki Flank Steak with Mango Cucumber Relish:

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The teriyaki sauce was fabulous. Loved it on the flank steak. As for the relish, probably a bit too much fruit for me. :)

Dessert was Summer Fruit Cheesecake Tart:

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So good! Another winner. This would have been a good dessert for my Bunco!

Tonight my daughter and I have another cooking class! It’s been quite a cooking day!

Found any good summer recipes lately?

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