Watch Cooking Channel

Meatless Monday: Smoky Panzanella with Market Vegetables

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Strolling through the farmers market or the produce aisle these days, you’ll see lots of beautifully colored summer vegetables. The bell peppers are as red as they should be and the sugar snap peas are at their crispy best. Perhaps you pause to admire but instead pick up some salad mix and head home. I love vegetables, but I don’t always know how to use them.

Traditionally composed of bread and tomatoes tossed together in a vinaigrette, panzanella is rustic salad that’s perfect for showcasing seasonal veggies. A recipe is hardly necessary, but I like to use Kelsey Nixon’s Smoky Panzanella as a base. The french bread toasts to golden perfection in the oven while the bell peppers roast to bring out their natural sweetness. Smoked mozzarella adds a new dimension of flavor that’s so good, you’ll be making this salad time and time again. Kelsey uses sugar snap peas and heirloom tomatoes, but feel free to use whatever looks best at the market.

Smoky Panzanella with Market Vegetables

1 loaf French bread, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, grated or pressed
1/2 cup olive oil
8 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/3-inch dice
8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and sliced into thirds on the bias
8 ounces cherry heirloom tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

In a large mixing bowl, toss the cubed bread with enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat liberally, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the bread cubes in an even layer on one side of a large baking sheet. In the same mixing bowl, toss the diced peppers with some extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and place them on the other side of the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the oven to bake until the bread is crispy and golden brown and the peppers have softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Keep an eye on it so the bread doesn’t burn!

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. In a small mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard and garlic. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Once the bread is toasted, combine the bread and peppers with the smoked mozzarella, snap peas and tomatoes (you can use the same bowl you tossed the bread and peppers in). Toss the salad with the vinaigrette and add the torn basil leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

More Meatless Panzanella Recipes:

Tags:

Comments (525)

  1. Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a great article concerning…

  2. click for source posted 03/10/2014

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  3. vippi heti posted 03/11/2014

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  4. warrant search posted 03/12/2014

    Online Article……

    [...]The info mentioned in the article are valueable [...]……

  5. Source posted 03/14/2014

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  6. busy do holandii posted 03/15/2014

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  7. browse around this site posted 03/17/2014

    Superb website…

    [...]always a fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  8. Reisepreis vergleichen posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  9. zulvera posted 4 weeks ago

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  10. genstar posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  11. paintless dent repair training california posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    paintless dent repair training california…

    [...]please visit the internet sites we adhere to, such as this 1, because it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  12. yenchua paintless dent repair training posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    yenchua paintless dent repair training…

    [...]just beneath, are several completely not related web-sites to ours, however, they’re certainly worth going over[...]…

  13. dota 2 cheats posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  14. In The Blonde Articles posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  15. Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise info but here I noted…

  16. silicone spatula sets posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  17. iphone 5 pay as you go posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    iphone 5 pay as you go…

  18. Play Free Dress Up Games posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to websites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  19. excedence posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Bored at work…

    I like to browse in various places on the internet, often I will go to Stumble Upon and read and check stuff out…

  20. Domestic Cleaning Sydney posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the websites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  21. escorts vegas posted 1 week, 5 days ago

    escorts vegas…

    [...]the time to study or take a look at the content material or web sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  22. home insuranc blog posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  23. like it posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  24. paintless dent removal training posted 6 days, 4 hours ago

    paintless dent removal training…

  25. wczasy nad morzem posted 4 days, 8 hours ago

    wczasy nad morzem…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c