Is there really anything better than thick crusty french bread, doused in butter, and then grilled for a hot second on each side until its golden brown and crispy and delicious? Okay, maybe these, but other than that, I don’t think so!
I know. It sounds amazing. And trust me – it tastes just as freaking good.
I’m a carb kinda gal through and through, but with my bachelorette fast approaching, I’m trying to cut back on the excessive amounts of bread I consume on a daily basis. I mean I live like 10 minutes away from the best Italian bakery in all of Los Angeles and the fresh warm bread there is just out of this world. It’s hard to say no to that kind of peer pressure.
So last weekend we had a mini college reunion with some friends that have moved down to LA, like us, from the Bay Area. (woot woot, go Gaels!) I wanted to make something special that wasn’t totally carb heavy, so I opted for this Grilled Panzanella. It’s basically only 50% bread. So that’s gotta count for something right?
I picked up a loaf of bread from Bay Cities (the ultimate Italian shop I was talking about) and then went to town!
I brushed the cut up pieces of bread with a melted butter and then toss them on a grill to get nice and toasty and gorgeous. And then I ate 10 pieces. And had to start all over again because I almost ran out of bread. That’s the thing with me, I just can’t be stopped. It’s like putting 1 M&M in your mouth. Ya right, you need at least 2 handfuls of those suckers every time you have them.
So after I made a ton of those butter soaked grilled bread cubes, I proceeded to grill up my favorite veggies and then throw them all into a big bowl and call it a day. Well, I threw a little black truffle salt on top for good measure. And a red wine vinaigrette just for kicks!
And I’ll just throw this out there too. I know panzanella salads are typically supposed to have tomatoes. But I didn’t have any. So don’t judge… I just made do with what I had!
It’s kind of the perfect summer salad. And you should absolutely make it for 4th of July. You could even make it and bring it to a potluck or picnic. Just keep the toasted bread and red wine vinaigrette separate and then toss it all together at your event. And there you have it…
Grilled Summer Panzanella Salad