Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

2 ½ lb Mixed tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 tsp Kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

¾ lb Ciabatta or rustic sourdough bread, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes (about 6 cups bread cubes)

10 Tbsp Spirits & Spice Pesto Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

1 small Shallot, minced (about 2 Tbsp)

2 medium Cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)

½ tsp dijon mustard

2 Tbsp Spirits & Spice Aceto Balsamico Vintage

1 tsp Spirits & Spice Pizza Perfection spice

Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped

Place tomatoes in a colander set over a bowl and season with 2 tsp kosher salt. Toss to coat. Set aside at room temperature to drain, tossing occasionally, while you toast the bread. Drain for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F and adjust rack to center position. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until crisp and firm but not browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Remove colander with tomatoes from bowl with tomato juice. Place colander with tomatoes in the sink. Add shallot, garlic, mustard, Pizza Perfection and vinegar to the bowl with tomato juice. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the remaining ½ cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine toasted bread, tomatoes, and dressing in a large bowl. Add basil leaves. Toss everything to coat and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving, tossing occasionally until dressing is completely absorbed by bread.