Panzanella Salad with Sweet Summer Tomatoes

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Yes, SUMMER is officially here! Tomatoes are coming into season, and as the summer heats up, you’ll want some simple, healthy recipes to help you cool down.  This beautiful panzanella salad will definitely do the trick.  It’s deliciously refreshing, quick to prepare and a perfect light side dish to all your summertime grilling. Or you can simply eat it on its own as a fabulous revitalizing salad.  Either way, this classic Tuscan-style tomato and bread salad is one great way to enjoy all those luscious summertime tomatoes and make good use of your day-old bread.

I used to make this recipe during the summer in Little Italy, NYC. I served it with grilled sardines, but you could also order it without them.  When I first put it on the menu, I wasn’t sure how the guests would receive it.  Surprisingly, it caught on! People loved the salad so much that many asked for it as a side dish to their main courses.

Once you make this seasonal salad, you’ll find many ways to adapt it to your own tastes. So, head to the market to buy the most delicious, ripe and fragrant tomatoes that you can find along with a baguette. Then, start enjoying a cool and refreshing panzanella salad today.