Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Sun dried Tomato Pesto
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
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Yields: 4-6
 
Traditional panzanella is made with stale, dried bread mixed with sweet tomatoes and vinaigrette. We have dressed our version up a bit with crunchy cucumbers, creamy burrata and topped with a tangy sun-dried tomato pesto. This flavorful Panzanella is great on its own as a simple lunch or as the perfect side at your next BBQ. The sundried tomato pesto is optional but its well worth the extra two minutes to make.
Ingredients
  • Salad-
  • 4 cups of stale bread such as ciabatta cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1lb of Campari or pearl tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 4 oz fresh burrata
  • Vinaigrette-
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Pesto-
  • 3 oz of sundried tomato
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup of grated Parmigiano cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 400
  2. In a large mixing bowl toss the cubed bread in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until the bread is dried out and crispy, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette and pesto. For the vinaigrette, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. For the pesto add sundried tomato, parm cheese, basil and EVOO, s&p to a blender or food processor and gently pulse together. The mixture should be chunky. Set aside
  5. Remove bread from oven when crispy and set aside to cool.
  6. In a large bowl add the tomato, cucumber, arugula, red onion, and bread. Toss with vinaigrette. Let sit for 20 minutes to allow all of the flavors to combine.
  7. Before serving, top with sun-dried tomato pesto and burrata torn into pieces
Recipe by Salt & Suede at http://www.saltandsuede.com/blog/lunch-and-dinner/panzanella-salad-with-burrata-and-sun-dried-tomato-pesto/