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
  • Servings 11

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.

Expert Tips

For firmer bread cubes, bake cubes in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan at 350°F 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.

Substitute 1 cup cubed mozzarella cheese for the fresh mozzarella.

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.