I don’t know what happens to my family the second the lights go out, but sometimes I am pretty certain that it  is officially a circus..
My children do not like to sleep. They seem to think that in the middle of the night they need milk,and snacks and to rock in their rocking chairs. Frankly, it’s maddening. I hate to say it, but I often think of this book when I am “rocking” at 2am. Believe me, I know it is  my fault. I need a serious sleep nazi to come in and whip us all into shape. If you know of anyone, send them my way!

In the meantime..I made this salad after another night of restless sleep– it was light and refreshing and reminded me of summer. I know this is not a traditional Panzanella, but I came up with this version as it does not get so mushy the way some Panzanellas do. So..Here’s my skinny and easy version of Panzanella Salad.

Here’s What You Need:
Green leaf lettuce
Fresh mozzarella
Pitas (I love Target’s Garlic Naan)
Cucumber
Tomatoes

Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Basil (optional)

Notes: First of all let me explain why I didn’t give measurements…This can easily be made for you for a quick lunch or you can make a huge one for a dinner where you invite guests. Simply adjust the amount you buy depending on the people.

Here’s What You Need:
Preheat the oven to broil. Rip the pita or naan into small pieces and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Broil for a couple of minutes, turning once. In the meantime, cut or rip the lettuce and chop the tomatoes and mozzarella as well as the cucumber. Mix together and then drizzle with the balsamic and the olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt. If you have it on hand, fresh basil would be great chopped and added in here too.

Kid Tip:
I don’t know about you, but my kids are not quite at the salad eating stage. So, I have a few suggestions for how to vary this. You can create a cute mini kebab using the mozzarella, tomato and cucumber. My kids also love having veggies that they dip. My older son especially would love big pieces of cucumber dipped into a mixture of olive oil and balsamic. A wrap would work great too.

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Comments

  1. Your Panzanella looks so good. Love the idea of using pita so it doesn’t turn to mush! LOL, that book is a riot!

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