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Panzanella is a bread and vegetable salad from Tuscany. It’s a pretty flexible recipe, as long as you have the two most important ingredients: very ripe tomatoes and day-old, good country bread.
|Time||15 minutes, plus time to sit|
|Directions||After you wash and dry the tomatoes, hold them over the bowl as you cut out the core and cut them into 1-inch pieces, taking care to keep all of the juice in the bowl.
Peel and trim cucumbers, cut in half, remove seeds, and slice. Trim the peppers, remove seeds, and thinly slice. Thinly slice the onion. Add these vegetables to the tomatoes along with the garlic, parsley, basil, and capers or olives (and any of the optional ingredients). Add salt, pepper, oil, and vinegar, and toss.
Cut bread into 1-inch cubes, add to the vegetables, and carefully toss so that the bread soaks up the dressing.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Let sit for an hour or two and serve.
|Notes||This salad is at its best after a couple of hours, but more than that will make it too soggy.|
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