Grilled Shrimp Panzanella

There is something about cooking everything, and I do mean everything, on the grill that makes things taste just so much better.  And as these last days of summer fade into autumn, I’m kicking ye olde grille into overtime, baby.  This recipe is a case in point…technically it is a salad, but two of the major ingredients are cooked on the grill.  (In about 5 minutes, which makes it even more enticing in my book.)

Panzanella is traditionally a salad that substitutes bread for the lettuce (how great is that??), usually tossed with some tomatoes, olive oil and a little vinegar, which in and of itself is pretty wonderful.  This particular recipe adds some shrimp and basil, but here’s the beauty part…the shrimp and the bread are cooked on the grill first.  That gives the whole thing that charred grill taste that makes everything feel like the best part of summer.

So while we still have these lazy, hazy days of summer, surrounded by tomatoes and basil, grab yourself some bread and shrimp and crank up that grill.  Salad never tasted so dang good.

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
kosher salt and black pepper
1 small baguette, cut in half lengthwise
3 cups (3-4 large) tomatoes - heirloom if you can get them!
I cup of fresh basil, chopped (save the little leaves for garnish

Directions

1. Heat grill to medium-high. Toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and brush the cut side of the bread with a little more olive oil.
2. Grill the bread until it is golden, about 1-2 minutes per side.
3. Grill the shrimp for 2 minutes per side. If you have a seafood grilling pan it will be perfect for this - if not, just lay them carefully on the grate with tongs.
4. Cut the baguette into small squares and place in a large bowl. Add the shrimp, baguette, tomatoes, and basil with the vinegar, the remaining oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Comments

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  1. Mmm. I must make this for my shrimp-loving girl before frost hits and the tomatoes stop. (Though with this heatwave we're having in the NW, it doesn't seem like frost will ever come!)

  2. Anything with that smoky flavor definitely makes me think of summer and puts an instant smile on my face! Case in point.

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