Everyone seems to be posting fall recipes lately and I have one thing to say about that: too soon! It’s technically still summer and we’ve been enjoying the (new to us) Chicago city markets. It’s so fun to get used to what grows in season here, which is a totally different climate than where we came from in Austin. There’s been a plethora of amazing tomatoes, (still) tons of fresh sweet corn, peppers, eggplants, and more! In my mind, summer isn’t over until the last peach is eaten, so here’s a bountiful tomato, peach, and corn panzanella that I thought would be nice for your labor day gatherings. At home, I’ve been calling this the “everything summer” panzanella.
If you’re like me, the girl that’s hanging on to summer because (this year for us) winter will actually be coming, then you’ll enjoy this salad at your Labor day gatherings this weekend!
First, gather all of the best tomatoes, peaches, corn, and basil that you can find. This salad is flexible – if you don’t like corn, skip it. If you don’t have ripe peaches, you can skip those too and just add some extra tomatoes.
Second, find some good bread! I nabbed this round of sourdough at the Tuesday market in Lincoln Square.
Did I mention that this is a one bowl recipe? The dressing gets stirred at the bottom of a large bowl, before everything else gets added. It couldn’t be easier!
Next, add “everything summer” to the bowl. Stir to let the tomato and peach juices all mingle together.
Stir in some crusty day-old bread. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the bread can soak up some of the juices. Top with roasted chickpeas (optional for a little protein!) and plenty of sliced basil.
Enjoy the panzanella on its own or serve it as a side dish – pair it with some crisp white wine and savor the last bits of summer!
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or sherry vinegar, more as desired
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ cup sliced red onion
- Kernels from 2 ears of fresh corn
- 10 small or 5 medium tomatoes, sliced into wedges
- 16 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 3 peaches, pitted and sliced
- 4 to 5 cups cubed crusty bread
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed, roasted, optional* (see note)
- In the bottom of a large bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, mustard, ½ teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Add the onion, and corn and toss until coated. Let sit for 10 minutes while you prep everything else.
- To the bowl, add the tomatoes, peaches, bread, and half the basil. Toss to combine, adding more olive oil if the bread is too dry, and more lemon, salt, and pepper, to taste. Let the salad sit for about 10 minutes so that the juices can soak into the bread. Give it a toss, then top with the remaining fresh basil and the chickpeas, if using.