Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad
Enjoy garden-fresh tomatoes in this simple Panzanella recipe, a popular bread salad from central Italy. It's made with chunks of ripe Roma tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, fresh basil, a dash of salt, and crispy cubes of toasted bread classically flavored with our delicious Tuscan Style Spreadable Butter.
- 8 ounces Italian or sourdough bread (about 4 slices), cut into ½-inch cubes
- 4 to 6 Tablespoons Challenge Tuscan Style Spreadable Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 (2-2½ lbs.) medium sized Roma tomatoes (or other firm ripe tomatoes) cut into large cubes or wedges
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil (plus additional leaves for garnish)
Set oven to 350°F.
Place butter into a 10 X15-inch baking pan and place in oven to melt.
Add bread cubes and mix well to thoroughly coat the bread cubes.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In a bowl combine olive oil, vinegar and salt. Stir in tomatoes, basil and bread.
Serve immediately garnished with basil.
Note: Croutons and tomato mixture can be prepared individually and combined just before serving.