Roast Chicken Panzanella
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
"In the height of summer, what's better than tons of tomatoes and cucumbers in a salad?" chef Evan Rich asks. He and wife, Sarah, give this traditional Tuscan bread salad a California spin with strawberries, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds.
- 3/4 pound country bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (8 cups)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 small red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
- 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
- 2 romaine hearts, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill
- One 2 1/2- to 3-pound rotisserie chicken, meat shredded (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350°. On a large baking sheet, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, until crisp. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the onion with both vinegars and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the romaine, tomato, cucumbers, strawberries, cilantro, dill, chicken and the toasted bread and toss well. Transfer the salad to a platter, sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and serve.
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