Grilled Panzanella

Tart and sweet, this panzanella salad is nothing short of perfection. The grilled Meyer lemon brings an unexpected twist to the vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 small head of radicchio
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1 pound of asparagus
  • 6 slices good sourdough bread
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 2 cups shishito peppers
  • 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large ball of burrata mozzarella (substitute ovolini mozzarella if you cannot find burrata)

Prepare:

  1. Turn grill on medium-high heat, then wash all produce.
  2. Segment grapefruit slices, slice strawberries and tomatoes. Halve radicchio and then thinly slice it. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Toss asparagus, corn, sugar snap peas and shishito peppers with 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Put asparagus and corn directly on grill; put sugar snap peas and peppers in a grill basket and place on grill.
  4. Watch asparagus closely – they should be ready in about 4 minutes. You want them to retain some crispness. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
  5. Cook corn, turning every 3 minutes or until slightly charred on each side. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
  6. Shake the peas and peppers in their grill basket until charred on all sides. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
  7. Toss bread slices with 3 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Add to grill. Char on both sides, remove and allow to cool.
  8. Cut Meyer lemons in half, oil cut side lightly and add cut side down to the grill for about two minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
  9. Toss all ingredients except lemon in the large bowl, then add remaining olive oil and grilled Meyer lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Transfer to serving dish. Top with burrata and freshly torn basil leaves.

Recipe by Cucina Coronado   Photography by Jen Wojcik Photography

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