Tomato season calls for a delicious Jersey Fresh Panzanella Salad. Ripe juicy tomatoes pair up with rustic french bread to create a delicious summer salad.
All hail the Jersey Tomato. If there is one thing the Garden State is famous for it’s our Jersey Fresh Tomatoes. If you hail from the great Garden State, you probably know just how wonderful our Jersey Tomatoes are! They are the reddest of red with a flavor like no other. I guarantee they will knock your socks off. Pure deliciousness. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy these red beauties. Have you picked any up at your local farmers’ market? Here on our farm, our tomatoes are ripe for the picking. This Jersey Fresh Panzanella Salad is the perfect way to celebrate a bountiful tomato season.
My husband eats them like apples, right off the vine. I, not so much. But I have grown to love them over the years. I especially love them in this panzanella salad. I am also a bread-aholic. Growing up, my mom would always serve salad and bread with dinner. To this day, I still love to take a piece of bread and soak up the vinaigrette dressing from the salad. So good! I think that is why I enjoy this salad so much. It’s the best of both worlds…..Jersey Fresh Tomatoes from our farm and chunks of crusty bread tossed in a tangy Italian dressing. You just can’t beat it!
This salad can be a meal in itself. I also like to add a nice amount of fresh mozzarella and basil too. Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are the trifecta of amaze-balls! Yep, they are that good.
I like to think of this panzanella salad as a bruschetta in a bowl. The tomatoes, bread, mozzarella, onions, and basil along with the Italian dressing are so delicious. I am just thankful that I was able to take the photos of this recipe before my husband came home for lunch. Once I handed the bowl off to him, he ate the whole dish! Everything. He left me only with one bite. So I guess that’s proof of just how good this recipe is.
Jersey Fresh Panzanella Salad
Yield 4 servings
Tomato season call for a delicious Jersey Fresh Panzanella Salad. Ripe juicy tomatoes pair up with rustic french bread to create a delicious summer salad.
- 3 Jersey Fresh Tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup yellow grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups rustic French (day old) bread
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cherry size), halved
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Combine tomatoes, onion, mozzarella, basil and bread in a medium bowl.
To make dressing, add vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic to a bowl. Whisk in olive oil. Pour over salad ingredients and mix gently.
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