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Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella Fresca

Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella Fresca

Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella Fresca

It sounds fancy, but panzanella is the epitome of honest, straight forward comfort food with a nod towards thrift.  Literally panzanella means "bread salad". In Italy, traditionally, it was a way to use stale or leftover bread.  It's almost always a summer affair, as the star of the show are the plump vine ripened tomatoes that get slathered in peppery, throat catching, emerald green olive oil...BUT WAIT!  There's no dazzlingly fresh Northern Hemisphere extra virgin olive oil to drizzle over such a salad.  This will not be the case for at least another 3 to 4 months when local, in-season...

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