Grilled Bell Pepper Panzanella Salad

A taste of Italy is at hand in this classic bread salad.

  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 11

Ingredients

6
cups cubes (3/4 inch) dry French or Italian bread
2
large yellow bell peppers
2
large red bell peppers
1
medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/2
cup sliced kalamata or black olives
1/4
cup julienne (matchstick-cut) fresh basil leaves
8
oz fresh mozzarella ciliegini (cheese balls), drained, halved
4
medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped
1/2
English (seedless) cucumber, quartered, sliced
3/4
cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 Place bread cubes on shallow trays. Let stand to dry out slightly while making salad.
  • 2 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place bell peppers on grill over medium-high heat.Cover grill; cook 15 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until peppers are blackened. Place roasted peppers in large bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. Peel and seed bell peppers. Cut into bite-size strips.
  • 3 Place onion slices on grill. Cover grill; cook 3 to 6 minutes, turning once during grilling, until golden on edges and slightly tender. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • 4 In large bowl, place cubed bread, grilled pepper strips, grilled onions, olives, basil, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Drizzle with dressing, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    230
    (
    Calories from Fat
    130),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    14g
    14%
    (Saturated Fat
    4 1/2g,
    4 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    20mg
    20%;
    Sodium
    390mg
    390%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    18g
    18%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    6g
    6%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    30%;
    Vitamin C
    170%;
    Calcium
    15%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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