27 Feb Balsamic Tomato, Corn, and Cucumber Panzanella
1/2 loaf day-old Italian bread
3 ears sweet corn, steamed or boiled
1 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped purple basil (aka opal basil)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Tear the bread into bite-size chunks. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once about half way through.
3. Meanwhile, use a knife to cut the kernels from the ears of corn. Hold the corn vertically on a cutting board and cut down so that the kernels fall onto the board. In a large mixing bowl, combine the kernels of corn, tomato, cucumber, and basil. Stir well. Then, set aside.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
5. Pour the dressing over the corn mixture. Stir well to combine. Add the bread to the bowl and stir well. Let sit 10 minutes, then stir again.
6. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and serve.