Bacon Chicken Panzanella

This panzanella salad is a light, but total satisfying meal.

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I have a delicious dinner salad that I have been wanting to share with you. I have many delicious recipes that work well for my family all lined up to share and then every week when I want to share it I run out of time. I just want you to know that this blog is like a recipe journal for me- a place I share recipes that my family enjoys and are healthy too! So, if you ever realize a week or two has gone by a no new recipe you can be sure that I will come back and post one again. Now, back to the recipe! My family loves this meal! It is perfect because it has amazing flavor and can be a ” deconstructed meal” for the kids. This all in one bowl salad you will make again and again. I know that I do!

This Tuscan salad has  crunchy bread and” in season” fundamentals in it- tomatoes and cucumbers ( Using them fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market will make this salad even more all the better) and a delicious vinaigrette that completes it in a perfect way. It is a perfect summer salad that you can customize to make fit for your family. We love adding chicken and bacon to it, but you could use steak or salmon or add hard boiled eggs and even avocado. It is so customizable. If you try it this way I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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So next time you get fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and want a salad for dinner try this!

A word about the farmer’s market. I truly enjoy going to the farmer’s market. It can be cheaper and definitely more delicious! It is a great way to get your children involved in picking fruits and veggies for your meals. Lately, I have been going and getting my fresh fruit and veggies and basing my meals off that. If I get a good deal I have even been doing some canning. If you have never tried doing this and want to eat more healthy then this is a great step to take. It might take a bit more time shopping, but nothing beats fresh produce!

Bacon Chicken Panzanella

Note: If you have picky eaters then don’t toss everything together but put some things in other bowls for a more deconstructed meal that little ones may eat better.

Ingredients for salad

1 loaf of French bread- could use this homemade recipe

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

1 pound chicken tenders cut into strips

4 medium size tomatoes, seeded and cut into wedges

2 cups of halved and sliced cucumber

1,2 cup thinly sliced red onion

4 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade

4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled into bits

Shaved parmesan to taste

Ingredients for vinaigrette

Note: You can definitely just use vinegar and oil, but this dressing it worth the little extra work

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 and cut the bread into cubes. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle with oil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes to make a bit crunchy.
  2. While the bread bakes make the salad. Cut up the tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and red onion and place in a large bowl.
  3. Cook the chicken: Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of oil and garlic to a large skillet. Over medium high heat cook the chicken, untouched, until browned about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side browns and the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Also, make sure you cook your bacon and crumble it.
  5. In the meantime, mix up the vinaigrette. Add all the ingredients together in a jar and shake until the dressing emulsifies.
  6. When the chicken and bacon are done add it to the large bowl and toss in the bread cubes. Then, toss with the dressing. Add the desired amount of shaved parmesan. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: Adapted a bit from the pioneer woman to suit my family’s taste.

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