Panzanella Bread Salad

Shake up your boring sandwich with this simple-to-make salad that kids can help prep. Instead of mixing the recipe in a bowl, toss ingredients in individual proportions directly in a zipped plastic bag. After everything is inside, seal the bag and shake, shake, shake! The baggie can be placed directly in a lunchbox and conveniently whisked off to school.

Cricket Azima author of Everybody Eats Lunch

Panzanella Bread Salad

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    Ingredients

    1/2 medium loaf country bread 1 red pepper
    1 pound fresh mozzarella 1 red onion, optional
    4 small tomatoes 1 cup fresh basil
    4 stalks celery Olive oil, to taste
    1 cucumber Balsamic vinegar, to taste
    1 green pepper Salt and pepper, to taste

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 15 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Tear (or cut) the bread into large cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.

    • 2

      Dice the mozzarella, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, peppers and onion. Add them to the bowl of bread.

    • 3

      Tear the basil into small pieces and add to the bowl.

    • 4

      Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to the bowl, a little at a time, until the desired taste is achieved. Mix the dressing into the bread salad well and eat.

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