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Mediterranean Panzanella
with squash / artichoke hearts / red onion / feta / olives

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This loaded panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) is full of fresh Mediterranean flavor from artichoke hearts, red onion, olives, and feta. Saute bread cubes in olive oil for great toasty flavor. This meal was last featured in 2016.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Italian Herb Vinaigrette:
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1/4 tsp
Mediterranean Panzanella:
  • Squash, yellow (sub zucchini or use a combination) - 2, cubed
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2, chopped
  • Artichoke hearts, frozen or canned - 1 cup, chopped
  • Olives, pitted Kalamata (sub any type olive) - 1/4 cup, sliced
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, diced
  • Bread, sandwich - 4 slices, cubed
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Cheese, feta - 3 oz, crumbled

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Prep

  1. Make Italian herb vinaigrette - Whisk together olive oil (portion for the vinaigrette), red wine vinegar, mustard, honey, and Italian seasoning. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Squash / Onions / Artichoke hearts / Olives - Prep as directed. Store in separate containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Tomatoes - Dice tomatoes. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  4. Bread - Cube bread. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Add first part of olive oil (portion for the panzanella) and then bread cubes to heated oil. Toast in oil until crisp and golden brown on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper.

  2. Set bread cubes aside and return pan to heat. Increase heat to medium-high.

  3. Add second part of olive oil (for the panzanella) and then squash to heated oil. Saute until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Add onions to squash and continue to saute until onions begin to soften, ~2 minutes more. Season with some salt and pepper.

  5. Assemble salads by tossing together squash and onions, beans, artichoke hearts, olives, and tomatoes. Crumble feta on top. Just before serving (you want the bread to stay crisp), add bread cubes and toss.

  6. Drizzle salads with vinaigrette at the table (only dress these to your liking - if your tomatoes are extra juicy, you may not need much vinaigrette, so save it for another use). Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (19)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (9)

Most Helpful

Pleasantly surprised. Thought it would need more sauce but this was flavourful!! I toasted the buns with a little butter. I was to lazy to make veggie version for myself so just omitted thr meat and it was still great.Great easy meal.

By: Ila
Posted: Jun 15, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

11 reviews

Who needs bread? So easy, so flavorful and tasty! This was a hot summer day winner. Totally keeping this on hand.

By: Jamie
Posted: Aug 09, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Kept my bread like croutons on top which helped it from getting soggy. I also think a salad means lettuce so I put romaine on the bottom which I was grateful for. I continue to be so excited about my pickled beets for olives substitution.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Jun 24, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Pleasantly surprised. Thought it would need more sauce but this was flavourful!! I toasted the buns with a little butter. I was to lazy to make veggie version for myself so just omitted thr meat and it was still great.Great easy meal.

By: Ila
Posted: Jun 15, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

Quick, easy and delicious! Family favorite for sure. Didn't do the squash as it seemed like too much work for a relatively simple meal otherwise. Next time I'd probably do fruit or something easy and make it a 10 minute meal.

By: Angela
Posted: Jun 14, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved all these flavors together! We used a sourdough bread.

By: Michelle
Posted: Jun 11, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

These were so good! Opted to just dress the lettuce, not the whole sandwich. Flavors were great, would probably just skip the squash next time!

By: Emily
Posted: Jun 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful