Summer Zucchini and Tomato Panzanella Salad

Recipe Courtesy of Amanda Freitag

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 courgette, washed, sliced lengthwise (about 6 slices from each)
Juice of 2 lemons
2 slices cubed day-old bread
120ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 bunch fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped
60ml red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
Freshly ground pepper
550g cherry tomatoes, washed, sliced in half
8 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, plus more for garnish
  1.   Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.   
  2. Divide the zucchini slices evenly among 4 flat plates, overlapping each slice just slightly, like shingles. Brush with the lemon juice and season with salt. Let sit for 5 minutes to marinate and wilt.   
  3. Meanwhile, toss the bread cubes with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the oregano, mint and some salt. Toast on a baking sheet in the oven until slightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes.   
  4. For the vinaigrette, simply combine the red wine vinegar with the remaining oil and the garlic and season with salt and pepper.   
  5. Toss the cherry tomatoes with the bread and about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette. Let sit until the croutons start to soften, 5 minutes, then toss in the basil. Divide the tomato panzanella salad on top of the zucchini and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and more basil. Serve with the remaining vinaigrette on the side.