Monday, July 9, 2012

Tomato Bean Salad

Another week of triple digit temps means another great week for a no-cook, one-dish meal of a salad.  I love a good panzanella and this is an easy and delicious variation on the traditional bread dish.

Tomato Bean Salad
4 hoagie rolls 
olive oil
sea salt
1/2 cup fat-free Caesar dressing
1/4 cup packed basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 (19-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with a non-stick cooking spray.  Cut hoagie rolls into 1-inch cubes and scatter onto baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss gently so that all cubes are reasonably coated.  Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted.
Mix dressing, basil and lemon juice together in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, combine beans, chopped tomato, and diced onion; add bread cubes.  Pour dressing over mixture and stir to coat well.  Chill for one hour.
When ready to serve, toss with chopped romaine lettuce and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

On a personal note ... although I love a bread salad I do not like soggy bread.  I stored the toasted bread cubes in a storage bag and added just before serving.

But that's just me ...

This post is linked up at 
Trick or Treat Tuesday
Weekend Potluck #26
Six Sisters' Strut Your Stuff Saturday 
Mix It Up Monday!


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    1. Thank you for visiting! You have a really nice blog, the first one I've seen with your theme - very unique! Unfortunately my "baby" is now taller than me which is saying a lot since I'm 5'11"!! I still love looking at baby things, though. Used to do a lot of sewing for mine when they were babies and would love to be able to do that again.

  2. This looks delicious Sandra! I love panzanella salad as well. I love addition of the beans in this salad. I have a bunch of fresh tomatoes sitting on my counter and have just added this delicious looking recipe to my "make right away" pile! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck!

  3. Thank you for stopping by and thanks for co-hosting the Weekend Potluck - I always find many great ideas there! The cannellini beans do make a nice addition to this salad!