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Grilled Panzanella Salad With Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, and Tomatoes

  • Author: Donna Davis
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad

Description

With lots of seasonal vegetables, beautiful colours and the added texture of the grilled bread, this salad is the perfect dish for these beautiful end-of-summer days.


Ingredients

Scale

Grilled Veggies and Bread:

  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted bell peppers (about 3 large), cut into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted summer squash, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium-size red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 12- to 14-ounce loaf of ciabatta, some crust trimmed to expose bread, cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, cut into thirds

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Final Salad Additions:

  • 1 pound tomatoes, cored, cut into 3/4-inch dice, juices reserved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped assorted fresh herbs (such as chives, dill, chervil, and tarragon)

Instructions

Salad:

  1. Prepare barbecue (medium heat).
  2. Brush both sides of bell peppers, squash, onion, and bread slices lightly with the olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill vegetables until tender and brown, about 4 minutes per side for peppers and squash and 3 minutes per side for onion.
  4. Grill bread until browned and crisp, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes.
  5. Cool slightly. Rub bread with cut sides of garlic. Tear bread into 3/4-inch pieces; place in a very large bowl.
  6. Cut grilled vegetables into 1-inch pieces; add to bread in a bowl.

Dressing:

  1. Whisk the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl to blend.
  2. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup oil.
  3. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add dressing, tomatoes with juices, and all remaining ingredients to salad; toss. Let stand 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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