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Spring Panzanella – Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

Spring Panzanella

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1/2 red onion (finely diced)
1/2 red onion (finely diced)
2-1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
4 large leeks (cleaned, sliced)
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound asparagus (trimmed)
1/2 pound English peas
1/2 pound fava beans (blanched, peeled)


Mix the bread cubes with the garlic, olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat well. Transfer bread to a sauté pan on medium-high heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir often to avoid burning, until the croutons are crisp and lightly colored on the outside but still soft within, about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
Mix the red onion with the vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes before whisking in the remaining olive oil. Set aside.
Cut off dark green tops of leeks and trim root ends. Halve each leek lengthwise to within 2 inches of root end. Rinse well under cold running water to wash away sand. Cover leeks with cold water in a 12-inch heavy skillet. Add salt and simmer leeks, uncovered, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Without draining the cooking water (you will reuse it for the asparagus), transfer leeks to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then pat the leeks dry with paper towels. Break off tough ends of asparagus and cook it in the boiling water until crisp-tender, no more than three minutes if they’re pencil-thin, more if your asparagus is thicker. Transfer it to another bowl of ice water, drain and pat it dry.
Cut the leeks and the asparagus each into one-inch segments–the leeks will be especially slippery and prone to separating; hold firm and use a sharp knife! Place pieces in a large bowl and mix in beans and cooled parmesan croutons. Pour vinaigrette over and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.



Type of Dish

Salads and Dressings