The new dish on the block came in the way of Ina Garten's Grilled Panzanella Salad (also available on foodnetwork.com). I had seen it recently on her episode, Fired Up. I had tried Giada's artichoke panzanella previously and really enjoyed it. Ina's recipe, however, was INCREDIBLE!! Best of all, it's simple to make. The key here was grilling some of the vegetables. It really added a great flavor. Each bite had something different. Sometimes, you would get the taste of the fresh vegetables, like the cucumber and tomato. Other times, you would get the taste of the vinaigrette, which had a nice tang from the Dijon mustard (which I love to use in my own salad dressings). Then in some bites, you would get the taste of the grilled peppers, bread, and onions, with a wonderfully rich, deep, fire-roasted flavor. This was a winner, and definitely a refreshing summer meal that really showcased the wonderful produce available this time of year. You even get to make some of it outdoors on the grill. How summer is that? I can't wait to make this again! This will become a staple in our home for sure!
To finish the meal, I took a simple cue from Giada. We threw a couple fresh peaches on the grill, sliced them up, and put them in the bottom of a wine glass that was then filled with some Pinot Grigio. Delicious!
This meal was colorful, healthy, and easy! Not to mention the great flavors! It was the perfect, light, summer evening meal.
Ina's Grilled Panzanella Salad
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