TBL Panzanella

TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 cups French bread cut into 1-inch cubes and dried overnight
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked, chopped, drippings reserved
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil, for searing
  • 2 cups halved yellow pear tomatoes or roughly chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • VINAIGRETTE:
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon chiffonade mint
    • 1 tablespoon chiffonade basil
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    Directions

    Toss bread cubes in the bacon drippings. Sear the halved grape tomatoes in 2 tablespoons of oil, cut side down, until caramelized about 5 minutes, set aside.
    Combine red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl, slowly whisk in olive oil in a thin stream until emulsified.
    Combine all tomatoes, bread, bacon, and lettuce and dress with vinaigrette, toss well, garnish with mint and basil and serve.
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