Panzanella

Panzanella

This Tuscan bread and tomato salad is exactly why summer was invented.  It brings together the lovely veg that’s simultaneously in season; a harmony of ingredients and flavor.  Historically, this dish spanned all classes of 16th century Italy.  Though namely a peasant dish — it was a way to use up stale bread, which back then was only baked once a week — it was also adored by nobility.  Poets even wrote about it.  The stale bread was soaked in water and vinegar to soften then tossed with whatever vegetables came out of the garden, most commonly onions and cucumbers.  Tomatoes weren’t introduced to the salad until the 1800’s.