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Panzanella...Italian bread salad

This is considered “the food of the poor”…because of its simple and uncomplicated ingredients.  This is a typical dish of Tuscany.

8 c inch cubes Tuscan bread
4 c diced tomatoes
2 c peeled, cubed cucumbers
c coarsely chopped red onion
2 T + large capers
c olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
2 T chopped fresh basil
2 t salt
1 t freshly ground pepper
Fresh corn kernels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Toast bread for 10-15 minutes, until slightly golden and crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.  Let cool.

Combine ingredients and toss thoroughly.  The salad can be made up to 1 hour before serving.  Keep at room temperature.  The toast will absorb the moisture and oil from the vegetables.

Serves 8… Insalate:  Authentic Italian Salad for All Seasons by Susan Simon