Recipe Flash: Tomato & Dinner Roll Panzanella

SALAD BUFFET: Tomato & Dinner Roll Panzanella; String Beans with Mustard Dressing and Cured Shallots; Blue Potato & Green Onion Salad; Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tomato season is here! We know we can’t resist all the tomatoes this time of year, and since we assume you can’t either, all our August Recipe Flashes will feature them in an ode to the season. Here goes…

On Monday, as I was baking off a second vanilla cake layer for the birthday cake in yesterday’s book photo shoot, I was listening to The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s radio show, on podcast. Though the cake batter looked pretty good, and tasted even better, Lynne’s go-to summer salad, which she described on air, sounded a whole lot more like lunch.

Bread Salad is hearty but simple, filling without being wintry, and as Lynne’s description went on, I mentally compared her steps to what I had in my fridge. Leftover bread: check (dinner rolls from a recent catering event). Tomatoes: check (cherry tomatoes, from the farmstand). Spices: check. Oil: duh. Vinegar: of course. I followed the guidelines to the letter, moistening stale bread with water and vinegar, and seasoning tomatoes with oil and spices. Still, the beauty is that they are just guidelines; my salad is made-up, perhaps not much like any of Lynne’s, and the variations on it are limitless.<

From my kitchen, albeit small, to yours,



Tomato & Dinner Roll Panzanella
Serves 1

1 1/2 dinner rolls, torn into bite-sized pieces (or about ¾ cup of any torn bread)
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
pinch red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons scallions, white and light green parts, plus more for garnish
about 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomtaoes
2 tablespoons crumbled feta

Arrange the bread in a bowl. Sprinkle with several teaspoons of water and the white wine vinegar, to moisten it. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the paprika and red pepper flakes, and cook for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the scallions and and salt, and cook until they’re just wilted, another minute or two.

Place the tomatoes in the bowl you’ll eat out of. Pour this oil over them, tossing to mix. Taste for salt. Add the feta and the moistened bread and toss to distribute evenly.

Grind black pepper over the top. Garnish with a few extra scallions if you’d like.

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  • Maddie

    Every week, the farmer who runs our CSA sends us a run-down of what vegetables to expect in our bag. This week’s list includes heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and salad tomatoes…I foresee a lot of this panzanella in my future!

    • BGSK

      Good luck getting through the bunch!

  • Molly

    I was wondering exactly what to do with the insane surplus of tomatoes i have, and now i have a whole new recipe! this sounds and looks delicious, i cannot wait to try it!

  • kate

    This sounds great. Would you need adjust the amounts at all for other types of bread? Can’t wait to try it out.

    • BGSK

      Think you should be fine even if you don’t have hoarded dinner rolls. Enjoy!

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