Bread salad is a great way to both use up leftover bread and showcase summer tomatoes. Bread salads are common in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, where cooks use stale bread as the primary ingredient. In this Italian version, the bread is charred on the grill for added flavor.
– 4 ½ -inch-thick slices (about 8 oz.) from the center of a round sourdough loaf (a boule).
– ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil.
– Kosher salt and freshly ground.
– black pepper.
– 1 small shallot, sliced into thin rings.
– 3 Tbs. red-wine vinegar.
– 1 small clove garlic, coarsely chopped.
– 1½ lb. ripe, meaty tomatoes, cut into ½-inch dice (about 3½ cups).
– 1 small English cucumber, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice (about 1½ cups).
– 3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil.
– 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint.
– 2 Tbs. capers, drained and rinsed.
Step 2: In a small bowl, soak the shallot in the vinegar for 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shallot to a large bowl, reserving the vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic with ¼ tsp. kosher salt and mash it into a paste on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife. Whisk the mashed garlic, the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ tsp. kosher salt, and ⅛ tsp. pepper into the reserved vinegar. Toss the bread cubes, tomatoes, cucumber, basil, mint, capers, and vinaigrette in the bowl with the shallot. Season the panzanella to taste with kosher salt and pepper and serve.