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Strawberry & Burrata Panzanella Salad

Ingredients:

- 1 large tomato, cut into wedges

- 1 tbsp kosher salt

- 1/2 baguette, cubed

- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

- 1 dozen strawberries, hulled & quartered

- 3 green onions, chopped - greens only

- 1/4 cup fennel, thinly sliced - fronds reserved for garnish

- 4 oz burrata, sliced

- 3 strips thick-cut bacon - 2 tbsp bacon fat reserved

- salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.


2. Toss tomato wedges in 1 tbsp kosher salt. Set aside.


3. Toss cubed baguette in 2 tbsp olive oil. Spread evenly on baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.


4. Prepare a large pan over medium heat & cut bacon into 1 inch chunks. Cook in pan until dark and crispy. Remove from grease and drain on paper towel. Reserve bacon grease.


5. Whisk together 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp reserved bacon grease, and lime juice - season as needed. Set aside.


6. In a large mixing bowl, toss 2/3 of dressing with toasted baguette. Add strawberries, green onion, bacon, and fennel. Gently toss to mix.


7. To assemble the salad, place on a large serving platter and spoon burrata on top with fennel fronds. Serve immediately.





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