Fresh tomatoes bring back summer ...
Panzanella is a salad from Tuscany made with stale bread and tomatoes, onions and fresh herbs. Other regional vegetables can also be added. It is a great dish to reuse stale bread. The bread absorbs the aromas of the dressing and vegetable juices and is naturally soft as a result.
You can also make the delicious tomato salad without bread and then simply pour it onto a slice of bread. Very delicious! Especially if you toast the bread beforehand.
Ingredients for the salad for 4 persons
- 4 slices of bread according to your taste, toasted
- 4 fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1 green hot pepper, sliced
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 clove of garlic, pressed or very finely diced
- fresh herbs, for example basil, rosemary tips & thyme leaves
- black pepper as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Let the salad stand at room temperature for about 25 minutes after you have mixed all the ingredients well. Tomatoes taste best at room temperature because they can then develop their aroma better. It's a little bit like Bruchetta, right? Exept one ingredient ... the vinegar ;)
Tomatoes are delicious and healthy
Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamin C and numerous B vitamins, which promotes our ability to concentrate. The iron contained in the tomato provides energy and the folic acid protects against hardening of the arteries. In this way, the tomato also strengthens our entire immune system.
Tomatoes also contain the carotenoid lycopene, which protects the skin cells from the sun. Of course, this does not replace conventional sun protection, but it supports the sun protection of the skin in a natural way. The natural red dye lycopene is also a powerful antioxidant in the prevention of cancer and counteracts aging processes. However, so that lycopene can fully develop its effect, the tomatoes should be heated.