ABC 25 Local Lifestyles – King’s Cooking (08/15/19)

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Panzanella Salad Recipe

3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 small  crusty French baguette or ciabatta , cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)

Toss in olive oil and bake the cubes in a 350 degree oven 8 mins. Turn and 8 mins more

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 red onion or white onion cut into slivers

10-10 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped

1 cup or  more of baby spinach

Cheese: You can use mozzarella but I prefer traditional Feta crumbles

I boost the nutrition with a ¼ cup of cooked quinoa

After the bread cubes are cooled pour the balsamic reduction over the ingredients, then add a good quality, fruity olive oil , add bread cubes and toss. Let the salad rest for 4 or 5 mins so the bread can begin to soak up the juices and dressing.

For the vinaigrette:

Reduce ¼ cup of balsamic until half.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons of honey to the reduction

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