What better way to get your dark leafy greens than in an awesome, fresh from the garden, summer, Panzanella Salad with “Everything” Garlic Bread and a zesty Lemon Dijon Dressing. It was deee-lish!
Panzanella, is an Italian salad traditionally made with stale bread that’s softened by a light dressing, and a delicious way to put a variety of summer vegetables to work. To kick it up a notch I found a loaf of “Everything” Italian bread, you know like “Everything bagels” with toasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc.. If you can’t find the everything bread, you can make your own, Two Peas and Their Pod put together a blog post just for the seasoning mixture and it’s super simple.
This was a good way to use my little salad garden harvest. We’ve had good rain and hot hot weather so everything is growing so fast. I’m having a hard time using my fresh veggies as fast as they’re growing, but sharing with the neighbors helps and they can’t believe how much we have grown in our garden boat.
I know sounds crazy, but we had to move the boat from out of the driveway when my son needed to park his car there, because he was leaving town for months at a time. So we turned our boat into a raised garden and I love it. There’s a picture at the bottom with everything growing strong. I probably could of done more thinning when they were tiny, but I always feel guilty killing the little seedlings. I’d rather have them crowded.
This is also an awesome way to use up stale bread because your going to butter it and toast it anyway. I happened to have a half of a bunch of asparagus, so I tossed it in the oven while the bread was toasting as well. But if you want to substitute the asparagus for something else, you could use tomatoes, cucumbers, olives or capers.
And to finish off the salad, I used a simple homemade light healthy dressing. The lemon Dijon dressing is so simple, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand already.
This was a perfect side dish to go with our Chicken Margherita. This Panzanella Salad would also go great with your summer BBQ like these grilled Hawaiian Shrimp Kabobs or ever a nice slab of Smoky Ranchero Ribs.
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