Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Viva Panzanella Salad

3/4 pound sourdough bread, cubed (about 8 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 8 medium), chopped
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
1 cup thinly sliced roasted sweet red peppers
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup Greek olives, quartered
3 tablespoons capers, drained

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced

In a large bowl, toss bread with oil and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, beans, artichokes, peppers, basil, onion, olives, capers and bread.
In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

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