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Mediterranean Panzanella

This panzanella, or bread salad, is made with green beans, onion, olives, fennel, and feta.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2006


  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup shaved fennel bulb
  • 1/2 red onion (about 4 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 slices (about 1 inch thick each) rustic bread


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat; add salt. Add beans; simmer until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Plunge beans into ice-water bath to stop the cooking; let cool completely in water. Drain.

  2. Toss together green beans, fennel, onion, olives, feta, oil, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; season with pepper. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat broiler. Place bread on a baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until bread darkens, about 3 minutes per side. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes; add to salad, and toss to combine.

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