Panzanella Salad . . .

Lidia Bastianich (Lidia's Italian Table) recommends making this rustic Italian salad with toasted country bread and ripe tomatoes.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. medium tomatoes, cored and cut into small wedges
12 oz. country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces and lightly toasted
1 cup loosely packed baby arugula
12 fresh basil leaves, torn
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, bread, arugula, basil, and onions.

2. In a small bowl, vigorously whisk together the oil, vinegar, and garlic; drizzle dressing over salad. Season generously with salt and pepper, toss to combine, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.