Sunday, July 17, 2011

Perfect for a Picnic

My salad is ready for a picnic, unfortunately the weather here in Minnesota isn’t quite perfect.  It’s a steam bath outside, with the heat index sky high.  So instead of a picnic at the band shell with the sounds of the Pops Orchestra serenading our humble meal, we’ll be taking the food inside, where it’s nice and cool.

When I think summer there are some of my favorites that always come to mind: corn on the cob, watermelon, fresh tomatoes, and panzanella.  That last one might have taken you by surprise but there is nothing I love more than panzanella salad with the freshest vegetables.  It’s a great switch from the ordinary garden salad and there are so many ways to adapt it to your tastes.
My first encounter with Panzanella was a few years ago when I acquired Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook.  This recipe spoke to me from the pages; I like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and basil.  I love bread.  This must be the salad for me!  And it was.  And in her new cookbook, How Easy is That, Ina switches it up and puts a spin on traditional Panzanella, turning it Greek with the addition of just a few ingredients.

This salad is about as humble and rustic as you can get, but believe me, the taste is anything but humble. It’s delicious!

Here’s a link to the recipe!


  1. This looks fabulous...can't wait to make it for our next small group gathering!

  2. I have wanted to make panzanella ever since I had it at your house years ago (probably sometime around the time you guys got married?) I remember loving it! This post was a good reminder - I am going to attempt to make it sometime soon! :)