NatureSweet® Cherubs® Panzanella Bread Salad

NatureSweet® Cherubs® Panzanella Bread Salad

Course Type: Entreé Salad

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

A Mediterranean influence courses through this flavorful salad

Ingredients:

Salad
  • 2 cups NatureSweet® Cherubs® tomatoes, halved
  • 2 5-oz. bags Fresh Gourmet® Classic Caesar Croutons or your favorite flavor
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
Red wine vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tsp. lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Red wine vinaigrette
  1. To prepare the vinaigrette, whisk together vinegar, orange juice, garlic, thyme and lemon zest in a large bowl.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Whisking constantly, add the extra virgin olive oil in a stream until well incorporated.
Salad
  1. In another bowl, combine Fresh Gourmet® Classic Caesar Croutons, basil leaves, NatureSweet® Cherubs® tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and yellow bell pepper.
  2. Pour the vinaigrette over the crouton mixture and toss well to coat.
  3. Let salad sit for 20 minutes until most of the dressing has been absorbed.
  4. Toss again and divide among four plates. Garnish each salad with shaved Parmesan cheese, and serve.