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Panzanella Toasts

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Use the best ingredients you can find for this simple summer starter, including vine-ripened tomatoes and garden-fresh herbs.


  • 6 slices white artisanal bread, each 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Toast or grill the bread slices. Rub the toasts on one side with the halved garlic clove.

In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes and shallot. Top the garlic-rubbed side of the toasts with the tomatoes and sprinkle with the basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).