Panzanella time – Tuscan Bread Salad
3-4 red and ripe tomatoes
1 sweet red onion, if you can’t find a sweet one you can take a small leek
1 red or yellow bell pepper
1 medium carrot
1 large celery stick
15 big basil leaves
4-5 slices stale Tuscan or unsalted bread (I have made it with fresh bread too, just don’t soak it as long)
4-5 tbsp vinegar
500 ml/ 2,1 cup cold water
extra-virgin olive oil
Mix water and vinegar in a bowl, dice the bread and then put it in the bowl to soak about 10-15 minutes, it depends on how stale the bread is, sometimes you need more, sometimes less.
Slice all the vegetables finely, it’s nicer if there no chunky pieces in my opinion. I suggest you to use a mandolin if you have one when you slice. Put them all in a bowl, add salt and olive oil and mix well.
Squeeze out the excess liquid out of the bread and add to the vegetables. Shred the basil leaves finely and add them too before you mix the salad. Ready to serve.