This all-purpose recipe is a practical rendition of the traditional Italian bread salad. If you have leftover beans or vegetables to use, or vegetables you want to showcase from your backyard, then this panzanella is perfect for you.
Here's a great tip I learned from my bread purveyor: Use a quality baguette that's a day old, as stale bread makes for crustier panzanella than fresh bread does.
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1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 (12-inch) lengths of crusty baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (12 cups)
3/4 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (preferably white)
3 tablespoons capers (packed in brine), rinsed, drained, and chopped
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 (19-oz) can cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 lb lightly salted fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/3-inch dice
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 large garlic clove
Serves 6 to 8.