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Recipes for panzanella (a Florentine bread salad popular in the summer) typically call for tomatoes, but in the spring, seasonal ingredients like asparagus and radishes will do.
bread, asparagus, mustard greens
Prep Time: 45 min(s)
Cook Time: 0 min(s)
Recipe Type: Public
Posted By: ecarr
Posted On: Jun 02, 2012
Number of Servings:
- 4 - large eggs
- 4 - thin slices of peasant bread torn into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cups - + 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 2 pounds - fat asparagus peeled
- 1/4 cups - red wine vinegar
- - salt & freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups - packed young mustard greens or chicory
- 1/2 - small red onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 pounds - ricotta salata thinly sliced & crumbled
- 1 - watermelon radish or 2 large red radishes very thinly sliced
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Put the eggs in a saucepan of water and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Drain the saucepan and fill it with cold water. Crack the eggs all over and let stand in the water for 1 minutes. Peel and thickly slice the eggs; the yolks will be barely cooked but not runny.
2. Spread the bread pieces on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 12 minutes, until crisp.
3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the asparagus until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, cool and cut the asparagus in half lengthwise.
4. In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup plus 2 T of oil with the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus, toasted bread, greens, onion and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Garnish with the eggs and radish and serve.