Panzanella Salad

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Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes
Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes

This recipe for Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes is a flavorful side dish inspired in the Italian cuisine. This is one of my favorite dishes to use leftover bread and fresh tomatoes. Each bite of this salad is a delight. Between the crunch of the toasted bread, the citrusy flavor of the preserved lemon and the tenderness of a heirloom tomato makes it the perfect side dish for spring and summer.

Ingredients for the Panzanella Salad
Ingredients for the Panzanella Salad

At home we love bagels however it seems that bagels aren’t eaten everyday so before they get stale I like to toast and use for croutons in salads and soups. But I have also found that using toasted bagels for panzanella salad it is a great idea.

Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes

Panzanella Salad

Chef Adriana Martin
This recipe for Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes is a flavorful side dish inspired in the Italian cuisine. This is one of my favorite dishes to use leftover bread and fresh tomatoes. Each bite of this salad is a delight. Between the crunch of the toasted bread, the citrusy flavor of the preserved lemon and the tenderness of a heirloom tomato makes it the perfect side dish for spring and summer.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, side dish
Cuisine Italian Cuisine
Servings 6 servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 4 in tomatoes cutquarters
  • 1 in purple onion cutjuliennes
  • 1/2 preserved lemon chopped
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 in everything bagels toasted and cutchunks
  • 2 tablespoons of microgreens
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Place in a bowl the tomatoes with the onions and the preserved lemons.
  • Add the olive oil and the spices, and then the lemon juice.
  • Incorporate the toasted bagel chunks and stir.
  • Add the crumbled feta cheese and the microgreens.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This panzanella salad with toasted everything bagels is without a doubt a delicious side dish that could also become a main dish when paired with a comforting soup or adding a portion of your favorite grilled meat, chicken or fish to make a complete meal.
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The trick is to not end up having to dispose bread or any other leftover. I learned from my mother we need to use leftovers in a creative way and repurpose to use in many different dishes. The other day I went to the store and I found this beautiful everything bagels.

Normally I buy bagged bagels but these were baked at the bakery. I thought these bagels were going to be awesome to eat with lox and cream cheese but instead they were very salty and not as good for eating on our morning breakfast.

This panzanella salad with toasted everything bagels is without a doubt a delicious side dish
This panzanella salad with toasted everything bagels is without a doubt a delicious side dish

That same day, I bought beautiful heirloom tomatoes so thinking on how to use the salty bagels I decided to make a panzanella salad inspired in the original Tuscan recipe that uses focaccia bread, tomatoes, oregano, drizzled with a lemony olive oil dressing and finished with crumbled feta cheese.

The result was outstanding, my husband just loved the combination and I got to use the bagels instead of dispose them because of the extra salt. Many times when we try different ingredients and combinations we end up discovering new favorites.

Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes
Panzanella Salad with bagels and heirloom tomatoes

And this panzanella salad with toasted everything bagels is without a doubt a delicious side dish that could also become a main dish when paired with a comforting soup or adding a portion of your favorite grilled meat, chicken or fish to make a complete meal.

Buon appetito!

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Holly_WomanTribune

This salad looks amazing! We love tomatoes and are always looking for new ways to have them… besides the frequent tomato sandwich, that is. Thanks for this recipe!

Nicole Cochingco Escat

I really want to taste and try all kind of salad. Thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂

Yissele Shirley

Que rica receta, me encantan los ingredientes, muchas gracias por la receta, saludos!

RebelSweetHrt

Oh wow, a bagel in a salad! Now that’s a very interesting twist. 🙂

dinnerthendessert

I haven’t had bagel in a salad before! I bet it makes a great complement, soaking up great dressing flavor!

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