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Greek style Winter Panzanella (Beet Salad)

Greek style Winter Panzanella (Beet Salad)

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Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan chopped salad of bread, tomatoes, vegetables and anchovies which is popular during summer. The bread is dressed with olive oil and vinegar. 

The name is believed to be a portmanteau of “pane”, Italian for bread, and “zanella”, a deep plate in which it’s served.

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You don’t see salads very often on my blog but I can assure you that we eat salads every day and I have a lot of salad recipes which I have not posted.   I promise that I will make a post soon where I will post all the salads I have made and have not posted.

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I love beets and after I roasted them and preserved them in vinegar, I was google searching for something new to make and I found this lovely winter recipe by Tyler Florence on the Food Network.

The changes I made to the recipe was that I used only red beets, I used the ingredients I had at home which was of course Greek feta instead of goat cheese, Greek bread instead of Italian and of course Greek olive oil and Greek honey. 

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Instead of dates, which I did not have, I added craisins and  I also added a gherkin in the salad and a clove of garlic in the salad dressing. I also added some of the Greek fresh herbs from my pots, rosemary, oregano and thyme in the salad and it was delicious.

 

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Greek style Winter Panzanella (Beet Salad)

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Cooking time:  see note

Serves:  6

Ingredients:

  • 4 roasted red beets
  • 1 – 2 gherkins
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch (about 100 grams) rocket (arugula) cut by hand
  • 80 grams pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • 100 grams Greek feta, crumbled
  • 4 slices Greek bread, cut into crouton sizes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper on top (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Corinthian raisins or craisins

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (2 – 3 tbsp)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp Greek thyme honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1.  In a non-stick frying pan sauté pancetta until crisp. Discard all the fat and place pancetta on a kitchen towel to absorb all the fat.
  2. Cut the bread into small pieces and roast in the oven until golden brown.
  3. Wash and cut the rocket and spring onions and arrange in a big platter. Add fresh oregano, rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper and mix.
  4. Add pancetta and crumbled feta on top. Arrange beets, gherkins and craisins on top of the greens.
  5. Meantime prepare the salad dressing. In a food processor add the olive oil, the honey, lemon juice, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and mix together. Add the salad dressing and mix all the ingredients.
  6. Finally add the croutons last, so that they do not soak.
  7. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top.

Note:  If you are roasting beets from scratch the time depends on the method used and it ranges from 20 minutes to 1 hour or more, depending on the size of the beets.

 

Greek style Winter Panzanella (Beet Salad)

Greek style Winter Panzanella (Beet Salad)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan chopped salad of bread and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 4 roasted red beets
  • 1 - 2 gherkins
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch (about 100 grams) rocket (arugula) cut by hand
  • 80 grams pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • 100 grams Greek feta, crumbled
  • 4 slices Greek bread, cut into crouton sizes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper on top (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Corinthian raisins or craisins

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (2 - 3 tbsp)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp Greek thyme honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick frying pan sauté pancetta until crisp. Discard all the fat and place pancetta on a kitchen towel to absorb all the fat.
  2. Cut the bread into small pieces and roast in the oven until golden brown.
  3. Wash and cut the rocket and spring onions and arrange in a big platter. Add fresh oregano, rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper and mix.
  4. Add pancetta and crumbled feta on top. Arrange beets, gherkins and craisins on top of the greens.
  5. Meantime prepare the salad dressing. In a food processor add the olive oil, the honey, lemon juice, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and mix together. Add the salad dressing and mix all the ingredients.
  6. Finally add the croutons last, so that they do not soak.
  7. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top.

Notes

Note:  If you are roasting beets from scratch the time depends on the method used and it ranges from 20 minutes to 1 hour or more, depending on the size of the beets.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 287.79Total Fat 14.27gSaturated Fat 5.11gSodium 612.52mgCarbohydrates 33.56gFiber 4.51gSugar 17.85gProtein 8.46g

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Divya Vikram

Thursday 26th of March 2009

Lovely salad recipe..Long since I dropped by ur blog.Wonderful recipes.

giz

Friday 20th of March 2009

What a beautiful recipe. I love roasted beets as well. The only thing I would change in the entire recipe would be to flip spinach for the arugala. I never seemed to warm up to bitter greens but can totally see the exchange wouldn't hurt the dish.

cakebrain

Friday 20th of March 2009

I really love roasted beets! this looks fabulous!

Lisa

Friday 20th of March 2009

Some of my favorite flavours are in this bright and colourful salad! I do find beets go especially well with feta!

maria

Friday 20th of March 2009

Ivy, that looks like an amazing salad. I adore beets and this sounds so filling and delicious with all its components.

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