Summer Vegetable and Sunflower Panzanella

Summer Vegetable and Sunflower Panzanella

These fresh summer greens get a hearty punch from seeded croutons and a rich Walnut Oil vinaigrette. Savor the crunch of crisp cucumbers, bright asparagus and sweet English peas.

Serves
Prep Time
Cook Time
4 to 6
45
45

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound sunflower seed bread or other seeded bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled English peas (from 1 1/2 pounds pods)
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablepoons chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 Persian cucumbers (12 ounces), thinly sliced (3 cups)
  • 1/2 pound pencil-thin asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 2 tablepoons sunflower seeds
  • Lebneh, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the bread on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Let the croutons cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small pot of salted boiling water, blanch the peas until tender, 
2 minutes. Drain, then transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well and pat dry.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the walnut oil, vinegar, dill and shallot and season with salt and pepper; reserve half of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the cucumbers, asparagus, peas and croutons to the large bowl and toss to coat. Mound the salad on plates and top with the sunflower sprouts and seeds. Dollop a spoonful of lebneh on each salad and serve the remaining dressing on the side.