I made this salad recently and it was so delicious. Its fancy and maybe a little time-consuming, so its great for a fancy dinner or when you're asked to bring a salad to a get-together.
Panzanella Salad with Spinach
For the bread:
1 crusty loaf of multigrain bread (I used Kroger's PS brand multigrain bread)
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and Pepper to season bread
For the Vinaigrette:
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
2 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/2-in cubes
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
1/2 red onion, chopped small
3 large garlic cloves, minced
15 large basil leaves, chopped or julienned
8 oz. container of small, fresh mozzarella balls each cut in half
4 cups baby spinach leaves, cut into 1/3 inch slices
salt and pepper to taste
For the bread, heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the loaf into 1-in cubes and toss with olive oil. Lay single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes and let cool.
For the vinaigrette, put all ingredients into a blender and puree. For the salad, in a large serving bowl, combine all of the ingredients and pour the vinaigrette over everything. Salt and pepper and toss well- allow to sit for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld.