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Panzanella di Caputo Recipe

Recipe makes 5 servings

Ingredients

¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 tomatoes, 2” x 2” chunks
¾ c. seedless cucumber,chopped 1” x 1”
¼ c. red onion, quarteredand sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, cubed 1” x 1”
1 yellow bell pepper, cubed 1” x 1”
5 basil leaves, chiffonade(shredded)
1 c. green pitted olives, chopped
2 pints Caputo Ciliegini(fresh cherry-sized mozzarella)
3 c. fresh arugula
2 tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
½ c. shaved Caputo Parmesan(grated is fine too!)
1 c. prepared pesto
1½ c. Panzanella Dressing(recipe below)
4 c. Focaccia Croutons(recipe below)

Preparation

Once ingredients have been prepped, combine them all in large bowl, toss with Caputo Panzanella dressing and add focaccia croutons.Refrigerate for at least one hour to let flavors develop.

Panzanella Dressing

½ c. white wine vinegar
¼ tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. fresh chopped garlic
1½ c. olive oil
2 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preparation

Combine all ingredients.

Focaccia Croutons:

Ingredients

focaccia loaves

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut focaccia bread into 1”x1” cubes. Spread bread cubes out on sheet pan in single layer. Bake bread until toasted (edges will turn brown). Buon appetito!