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Bacon Kale Tomato (BKT) Panzanella Recipe

Now this Panzanella Recipe started just like any other recipe.

Panzanella Recipe- The Seasonal Junkie

I was craving a BLT salad recipe. But I was quickly reminded that we no longer live in a world that lettuce can be trusted. And while many of you have been cracking jokes at lettuce, I am  just left deeply hurt. How does the saying go? Fool me once, shame on me….

Well, just as I was experiencing this void in my new lettuce-less life, a hero swooped in. Dark, green, full of crunch, and packed with nutrients, Kale came into my life. And not only took the place of what once the “L” in the beloved BLT salad, but also in my soul. Bada boom, bada bing the BKT Panzanella Recipe was born. And okay, okay I’ll spare you the rest of the dramatics, because I am on one.

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The flavors in this BKT Panzanella Recipe are perfect for each other.

To be fair, I didn’t really reinvent the wheel. Because you know BLT salad has been around forever or whatever, but it is a perfectly hearty salad for winter because of the Kale. So the unintended switch for my take on a Panzanella Recipe turned out perfect!

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?!

Panzanella Recipe- The Seasonal Junkie

Yep, I said it. This BKT Panzanella Recipe can be eaten at any time of the day. After all, haven’t you been paying attention to all the breakfast salads that have been being tossed into the scene (you see what I did there, get it … tossed?) In all fairness, I warned you that I am on one.

Anyways, if you are wanting to try out some emulsions skills I made a creamy basil dressing that was the perfect complement. If emulsions are not your thing you can use 1/4 cup mayo mixed with lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped basil, and water to thin it out for an easy mix to toss this BKT Panzanella.

Panzanella Recipe- The Seasonal Junkie

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At the end of the day, heart break aside, my BKT Panzanella recipe was the perfect replacement for my BLT Salad. Enjoy it for breakfast lunch or dinner!

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 1/2 Pound Bacon
  • 8 oz Crusty Bread, cubed
  • 8 pieces Kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 8 Campari Tomatoes, quartered
  • Parmesan, shaved
  • 4 Eggs, Soft Boiled and Peeled
  • Olive Oil
  • Creamy Basil Dressing:
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • 3 tbsp Basil, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 Lemon, juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2

Toss bread cubes in olive oil

3

Bake for 15 minutes

4

Remove from oven set aside

5

Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees

6

Line a baking sheet with bacon

7

Bake for 12-15 minutes until done

8

Remove from pan and chop, set aside

9

To make the dressing, add egg yolk, garlic, white wine vinegar, and lemon juice to bowl

10

Whisk together

11

While whisking pour olive oil into bowl in a very slow stream

12

Once all olive oil has been poured in, it should resemble an emulsion

13

Add Chopped basil, agave nectar, and 1-2 tbsp of water to thin out

14

Season with salt and pepper

15

To soft boil the egg, bring pot of water to boil

16

Once boiling lower eggs into pot with slotted spoon

17

Allow to cook between 6-7.5 Minutes, the longer it cooks the more firm the center will be

18

When finished, immediately places in ice water to cool

19

After about 3-5 minutes carefully remove egg shell and place under running water

20

Remove shell and rinse

21

To assemble salad toss kale and bread in dressing

22

Place on plate, make sure each salad has enough bread chunks

23

Top with bacon and tomato quarters

24

Add 1 halved soft boiled egg to each plate

25

Top with shaved paremsan

Notes

*I included instructions for making a dressing from mayo in the blog post if you do not want to make the dressing from scratch

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