08/30/2013 05:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Easy & Delicious Panzanella Recipe

This light & fresh bread salad is a perfect accompaniment to a seafood dish. Panzanella is an Italian salad made of toasted or stale bread chunks, tomatoes and onion. It is dressed in a vinaigrette of olive oil and vinegar.

Lemon Verbana Panzanella Recipe
  • 2 baguettes
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs lemon verbena
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut baguettes into 1-inch cubes, place on a baking sheet, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toast in preheated oven until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, wash and dice tomatoes, being sure to reserve tomato liquid. Finely chop lemon verbena leaves, garlic, and shallot, keeping ingredients separate.

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Place toasted bread cubes, lemon verbena, and diced tomatoes in large bowl along with tomato liquid.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, chopped garlic, chopped shallot, and red wine vinegar in a bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Pour dressing over bread mixture, stir to combine, and serve immediately.

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