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a summer panzanella + a video!

Remember when I made a fresh and spring-y panzanella and I told you about my sheer and ridiculous-silly love for the classic, summertime version? Well, I’ve got a warm weather one here for you with a couple of  non-traditional (but incredibly delicious) elements like chopped kale, shaved shallots, peaches and my new fave: white balsamic vinegar. Yum-city for real. It’s the salad you make when you wanna win friends. Or just when you wanna win. Period.

If you want to go full-stop classic on this dish, you can check out my no-fussin’ version on Joanna Goddard’s blog this week. I’ve been reading A Cup of Jo for as long as I’ve known that blogs actually exist I think, so when Shoko asked me to contribute a recipe for Joanna’s “The best ________ you’ll ever have” recipe series, I was pretty floored/so excited to expand even more on my love of panzanella. It’s a two-for-one kind of deal today.

As a first-time addition here, my wonderful friend Joe (check out his website!) has made a really fun video and shot the pictures for this recipe too. We had a great time harvesting the goods, cooking it all up outdoors, enjoying a couple of cold beers and whatnot, so I hope you get the sense of that when you watch. My friends TK and Lesley made an ORIGINAL SONG for it too! Guh, heart is super full just thinking about that. You can listen to it again and again on the Make Haste Soundcloud page right here. So grateful to have such talented and kind friends, seriously. Luckiest gal.  When a community of generous creatives comes together, it is the best thing. Super smiles. In addition to that, they produce some pretty stellar individual/other work. You can check out Lesley’s talent on the Bad Passion homepage (also featured on Turntable Kitchen’s April 2012 mix!). TK’s work can be found here: Stone Orchard and on his Bandcamp page.

Happy summer to you all. Make some panzanella and soak up that beautiful sun :)

summer panzanella with peaches and kale
serves: 6
notes: I opt for white balsamic vinegar because it doesn’t impart a dark colour onto the bread. Feel free to use the darker, regular balsamic vinegar if that’s what you have though. The flavour is quite similar.

croutons:
4-5 cups tore up pieces of bread
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

salad:
1 big shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
4-5 cups chopped tomatoes
2 peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
2 stalks of kale, stemmed and sliced
2 big sprigs of basil, leaves finely sliced (reserve some whole leaves for garnish if you like)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tore up bread on a large, parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat bread evenly in the oil. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping croutons at the halfway point to promote even browning. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Place the chopped tomatoes, peaches, kale and basil in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil and white balsamic vinegar on top and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add the cooled croutons and toss once more.

Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes or so so that the bread can soak up the juiciness from all the veggies and fruit. Serve with a big sprig of basil on top if you like.

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Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn08/08/2012 - 9:24 am

Uhhhh…how rad is this video?? Awesome in every way – the recipe, the video, you! And beautiful panzanella (both of them).

Kathryn08/08/2012 - 9:27 am

Just perfect! Love the recipe + the video + the song + everything about this.

Shanna08/08/2012 - 9:29 am

Laura.

I am in total awe.

sarah08/08/2012 - 9:31 am

Love love love.
You are wonderful. xo

yossy | apt2bbakingco08/08/2012 - 9:36 am

Laura, you rule! I love how casual and natural you are when you’re cooking and this video really shows that, and an original song?! Super cool. I have been putting peaches in my salads all summer, but haven’t tried them in panzanella. I think I’ll just have to give this a go. Congrats lady!

Ashlae08/08/2012 - 9:37 am

Loving everything about this, Laura! The video is beautiful – and it’s pretty awesome (!!!) that your friends made an original song for it. Love, love, love. You rule.

The Rose Journals08/08/2012 - 9:55 am

This is so gorgeous. Love the video — definitely making this soon!

Much love!

Sofia08/08/2012 - 11:28 am

I love the video!! And holy panzanella…tomatoes, peaches, and KALE!! 3 of my favourite things. Thanks for sharing :)

Margarita08/08/2012 - 11:32 am

what a lovely video! so natural and so free. the panzanella looks good too! i’ve never had it with peaches before… that’s a great addition!

art and lemons08/08/2012 - 11:49 am

Fabulous all around!

Kelsey08/08/2012 - 11:56 am

You are infinitely cooler than I could ever hope to be.

Kasey08/08/2012 - 1:59 pm

I’m pretty much in love. Not only do I want to move to your house immediately, but I’m dying to have this for lunch now. Great job on the video and big, big congrats on the Cup of Jo feature! You must come visit SF soon! xo

la domestique08/08/2012 - 2:53 pm

This is fantastic, Laura. Every bit of it.

Dana @ Minimalist Baker08/08/2012 - 3:04 pm

Laura, this is absolutely stunning. I must know how you did the video!

Courtney08/08/2012 - 5:09 pm

If I didn’t already want to make this yummy panzanella based on the gorgeous photos, the video hooked me. Awesome video and recipe!!

Melissa // the faux martha08/08/2012 - 7:43 pm

Guuurrrrrllll! This is awesome.

Lauren at The Holy Kale08/08/2012 - 8:24 pm

I am SOOO Gitty!!! I cannot believe I have not been here before, nor seen any of your beautiful videos! Honestly, can I have your life? Being city-bound, there is nothing, absolutely nothing more appealing than picking your own fruit, pulling up your own vegetables…. and KALE, and then making it into this wonderful, delicious Salad!!! Yay :) I have a big family event next week, and this is perfect! Thank you, Your New Biggest Fan! big hugs for my fellow kale lover.

Libby with Lemony Thyme08/08/2012 - 10:08 pm

Your video made my day!!! Love.

Andrea @ LetLooseLittell08/08/2012 - 10:37 pm

The video + the music + the harvesting + summer = L.O.V.E. Seriously.

Hannah09/08/2012 - 12:23 am

love it! the song is an instant summer classic (it somehow already has the feel of memory to me, like it is familiar … love it). and the energy that comes through the screen, of friends collaborating and the pure joy of a summer meal together, is as delicious as the panzanella looks. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thanks for sharing – and thanks to your talented collaborators as well.

Zita09/08/2012 - 5:38 am

The first photo looks mouthwatering… big time! I’d eat this for lunch! The video is stunning!

colleen09/08/2012 - 10:28 am

Laura,
Great video, great music and wonderful recipe! We loved it.

Allywan10/08/2012 - 8:01 am

I love everything about this post.

Shoko10/08/2012 - 9:37 am

Love the video, and love the recipe! Thank you again for being a part of the series!! :)

Kris10/08/2012 - 2:59 pm

I love everything about this!! Such a wicked video! I’ve been wanting to make one myself & this is so inspiring. I also cannot wait to make this when I get home from my travels!

Adrienne14/08/2012 - 9:39 am

I love everything about this video, Laura! Nice job! Now you have me craving some panzanella for lunch :)

Elenore Bendel Zahn15/08/2012 - 5:31 am

Eeehhhhh, AMAZING! Can I please eat both, you, your garden, the panzanella and well, everything about this post!

Marvelous work, all of you!

Greenylicious LOVE

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Matt20/08/2012 - 3:12 am

Just made this recipe this weekend with my family and it was delicious. Perfect late summer recipe. And great for here in Southern California where it’ll stay hot for quite awhile longer.

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Nick @ Veggie Meal-Maker21/08/2012 - 7:02 pm

This looks amazing! (Bummed I couldn’t get the video to load!)

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Kalisha Bowry23/08/2012 - 1:04 pm

Made this yesterday and I was the super star at my book club. REALLY GOOD!!!!

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Zee28/10/2012 - 6:39 pm

I love this salad! I made it once during the summer and I’ve modified it for fall by adding pears and apples instead of the peaches.

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Ashley25/08/2013 - 12:04 pm

Just found this post…love the vid!!!

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