Mediterranean cooking packs a variety of colorful vegetables, a dash of healthy fat and fresh flavor from a range of herbs and spices. It also calls for sensible portions and smart proportions of healthy foods, like our New American Plate, that can help you eat well for lower cancer risk. This recipe for Panzanella features cancer-fighting vegetables, grilled and lightly marinated with garlic and basil. Pair with a light grilled fish for a full Mediterranean meal.
In mixing bowl whisk garlic, mustard, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and set aside.
In large bowl gently combine basil, cucumber, tomatoes and olives.
Brush bell peppers and onion slices on one side with oil mixture. Place oil side down on hot grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Brush other side with oil mixture, turn over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
Remove from grill. On cutting board, slice peppers into 1/2-inch slices and separate onion rings. Add to vegetables. Add oil mixture and toss to coat.
Toast both sides of bread until nicely browned.
On a serving platter layer bread and top with vegetables and basil mixture. Toss bread with vegetables if desired. Serve.