I’m pretty sure you’ll be amazed by how good and easy this summer Panzanella is. It has greens, stone fruit, corn, bread, and one of my favorite dressings ever: BASIL-AVOCADO DRESSING.
WHAT IS PANZANELLA?
Panzanella is the name for an Italian salad of tomatoes, onions, and stale bread. But Panzanella has come a long way and now, there are tons of different versions of it.
One variation is that you can make Panzanella with croutons or stale bread. This salad is refreshing, it’s crunchy, it is summery, and even though it is not the classic recipe, I’m pretty sure you will love it.
Why is it a summer Panzanella?
Because instead of tomatoes and onions I used all summer produce. I used cherries and plums, corn and the basil-avocado dressings screams summer all over. Here is a list of the main ingredients.
- Cherries have always been one of my favorite fruits ever; they are perfect in savory and sweet dishes. You can also cook, bake, eat fresh; they are the best. For this summer salad, Super Fresh Growers sent some of their amazing cherries to my house. They also invited me to their beautiful cherry orchard. Omg, what a place! The orchard is in Yakima, Washington State, and the area is breathtaking.
- Plums. Plums are so good. Choose plums that are firm to the touch, and it should feel heavy. Cut them in half, remove the pit and slice them thinly.
- Greens. For my summer Panzanella, I used a mix of greens, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Use spinach, arúgula, or kale.
- Corn. I love to add corn to everything. Not only gives color, but it also provides texture and makes everything summery.
- Bread. I use baguette or ciabatta. The traditional recipe calls for stale bread. I genuinely believe this salad was created in Italy to use stale bread, which absorbs the dressing and the juices of the salad and softens it.
and the Basil-avocado dressing
I could talk for hours on how good this dressing is. I love it when you can add a dressing to pizzas, to rice, to Budha bowls, or even use it in a pasta salad. This basil-avocado dressing is that dressing. It also has the healthy fats of avocados, olive oil, and the superpowers of basil.
Basil is good for our digestion, helps with our skin, and many more benefits.
So here is the recipe for this delicious and different
summer Panzanella with basil-avocado dressing
and I hope you like it as much as I do. The combination of textures and flavors is fantastic in this salad, and the dressing goes well with this flavor combination or any other that you wish.
Summer Panzanella with basil-avocado dressing
- 4 large handfuls of greens
- 1 corn cob roasted and shaved
- 1 plum thinly sliced
- 1 cup cherries halved and pitted
- 10-15 Mint leaves torn
- Torn pieces of a baguette about 2 cups
- ¾ cup basil leaves
- ½ avocado
- 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar or other soft vinegar
- 1 garlic clove peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ cup of olive oil
- A good pinch of salt
- To make the salad put all the ingredients on an extended platter by layers. First the greens, the the fruit, the corn and the bread.
- For the dressing put all the ingredients in a blender continer and blend until creamy and smooth. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
- Drizzle some dressing over the salad and finish with the mint leaves.
In this video, you’ll see all the process. I really enjoyed this trip so much! I loved meeting the people that grow and harvest the food we eat, being in the land that grows it and learning all about it truly makes a difference in the way I look at food. It makes me appreciate it even more, and of course, my love and craziness for cherries grew like 1000 times more.