8.05.2012

A Great Summer Lunch from the Garden





Cucumber and Zucchini Panzanella
2 large English cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut int 1/4-inch rounds
2 medium zucchini, sliced as thinly as possible, preferably on a mandoline( I used summer squash)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced paper thin
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar, or less to taste
20 fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound day-old crusty, peasant-style whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the cucumbers, zucchini and onions in a large salad bowl. Add the oil, vinegar and half of the basil. Season with salt and pepper, and allow to stand at room temperature.
Place the bread cubes on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes, until warm and toaste but not hard.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and toss the toasted bread cubes into the bowl of vegetables. Add the remaining basil, stir gently to mix, and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 8-10 servings as a side dish.
From “Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals – From My Home to Yours” by Mario Batali

This is a great summer read! We checked it out from the library, but I know we will purchase...so many great recipes.


10 comments:

  1. Great salad---and your garden looks like heaven on earth, I'm sooo jealous!

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    1. I'd love to have you around...with your cooking talents, and all of our produce, we'd be a great match!

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  2. Super Sweet dish! Hope you are enjoying the summer. I can sense the turn already even though it is absolutely gorgeous...

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    1. I am sensing the turn too, and it makes me sad as always!

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  3. This sounds so great and healthy! Love Batali!

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  4. We have an abundance of cucumbers and zucchini right now bursting from the garden so I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try! Looks perfect for summer nights :)

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    1. Yes, with a dry white wine would be fabulous...or an icy local brew...yum.

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  5. Oh I want a kitchen garden! Perhaps I should convert one of the perennial beds to a potager. Your garden is beautiful and bountiful.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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    1. Unfortunately it is not as neat and orderly anymore! Thanks for the compliments. Everyone should grow enough to enjoy a bit of fresh, chemical free food!

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