Chickpea Panzanella

Do you know what a Panzanella salad is? It’s “a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.” I sure do love Panzanella salads, and we all liked this variation! My son requested his without tomatoes, and my daughter just wanted to eat the bread and feta. Husband and I ate all of it.

rating: 9

Chickpea Panzanella
(Cooking Light, May 2017)

serves 5
time needed: 20 min.

Ingredients:

1 (8-oz.) ciabatta loaf
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (15-oz.) can unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (8.5-oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove and discard crust from ciabatta; cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread bread cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes or until toasted and golden.
Combine toasted bread, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, feta, onion, and basil in a large bowl.
In a separate smaller bowl, combine oil, vinegar, oregano, pepper, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Pour over salad; toss to combine. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.

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