Strawberry Panzanella Salad at Panozzo’s Italian Market
One of August’s highlights is tomato season, as farmers markets and local gardens overflow with abundant local bounty. Suddenly favorite simple seasonal dishes reach sublime levels with garden-grown tomatoes, like panzanella salad. But the newish Italian market in the South Loop, Panozzo’s figured out a way to extend the season for this simple dish, often called a Tuscan peasant salad, by making it with strawberries, which come into season at the beginning of summer. Who knew that a mix of grilled bread, onions, cucumbers, vinegar, oil and basil would find new life mated with the strawberry. Now the whole summer’s delicious.
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