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Summer IPA Panzanella Salad

Summer IPA Panzanella Salad. It’s a salad with bread! It’s the best. SO good!

Summer IPA Panzanella Salad. It's a salad with bread! It's the best. SO good!

This is my way of forcing the situation.

Seattle hasn’t been kind to me this winter, the rain has been abundant, as has the power outages and the snow fall. Luckily, I’ve been able to escape to Panama and Kona, but nothing replaces summer in your own city. They tell me that Spring is here, that the days of cold weather are limited, but I have my doubts as my weather app laughs at me every time I open it.

Farmers markets are starting to taunt me and I can’t take it anymore. It’s time to start cooking up the summer food, even if I throw in bread that makes it seem a little bit like a Thanksgiving Stuffing trying to squeeze into a bikini.

I don’t care. I’m going to crank up the heater, break out the shorts, and eat produce. And you can’t stop me.

Summer IPA Panzanella Salad

Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 1 baguette stale
  • ½ lbs asparagus chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons IPA beer
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives, or the green parts of Spring onions
  • 3 leaves basil chopped
  • ½ cup .5 ounces parmesan, grated with a microplane
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Cut the baguette into small cubes, add in an even layer to a baking sheet. Add the asparagus to the pan.
  • Melt the butter, stir in the IPA beer, drizzle over the bread and asparagus, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the bread has toasted.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to a large serving bowl. Add the asparagus, bread cubes, green onions and basil. Toss to combine, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.

Summer IPA Panzanella Salad. It's a salad with bread! It's the best. SO good!

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Kaeleigh April 2, 2017 um 12:12 pm

This was excellent! I made it alongside some steak with blue cheese butter, and the baguette was perfect for mopping up the juices. Definitely making it again!


Jackie April 2, 2017 um 1:09 pm

That’s awesome! So glad you liked it 🙂


Josh Johnson April 10, 2017 um 4:59 pm

I never thought salad and IPA could make such beautiful magic together but you can count me in!


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