Bread and Tomato Salad

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Bread and Tomato Salad
cookbook: Lidia's Favorite Recipes
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serves: 6

Panzanella has become a favorite dish to cook back home among people who have traveled to Italy, evoking memories of Tuscan sunshine and a good glass of Chianti. It’s so easy to make, and anyone that has been to Italy brings this recipe back home with them. The version I share with you here is made with onions—red onions or even sweet onions like Vidalia will be delicious. You can serve this salad on its own, or with a plate of mozzarella and prosciutto, as a great starter or as a main course. Country bread is recommended, but rustic whole grain or whole wheat is a great substitute.


1 pound two day old country-style bread, crusts removed, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
2 pounds ripe tomatoes at room temperature, cored, seeded, and cut into ½-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
1 cup coarsely diced red onion
12 fresh basil leaves, shredded, plus a few extra springs for garnish
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Toss the bread, tomatoes, onion and shredded basil leaves in a large bowl until well mixed. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over the salad and toss to mix thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper and let stand 10 minutes before serving. Decorate with sprigs of fresh basil.

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From one of the most popular cookbook author/chefs at work today: her most accessible—and affordable—cookbook to date, a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals: the best, the most beloved, the most delicious dishes in her repertoire. Lidia Bastianich gives us a fresh look at her favorite dishes, the ones that have made it to the table time and time again: more than 100 of her signature recipes, revised to be more concise and clear, but just as soul-satisfying as ever. From Baked Clams Oreganata, Marinated Winter Squash, and Spaghetti with Quick Garlic Tomato Sauce to Braised Beef Rolls, Shrimp Scampi, and Chocolate Bread Parfait, each recipe includes new information about the affordability, seasonality, and nutritional value of the ingredients. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, Lidia's Favorite Recipes will give both new cooks and longtime fans something delicious to celebrate.

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