New American Plate Challenge

Grilled Panzanella

Weekly Recipe
Serves 6

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.


  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons
    white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 15
    fresh basil leaves, chopped coarsely
  • 1
    medium cucumber, seeded (or English cucumber) washed, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3
    large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons
    green olives, pitted and chopped (capers may be substituted)
  • 1
    medium red bell pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 1/2
    large red onion, cut in half and then 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2
    small loaf crusty whole-grain French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices, halved


  1. In mixing bowl whisk garlic, mustard, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. In large bowl gently combine basil, cucumber, tomatoes and olives.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Toast both sides of bread until nicely browned.

  6. On a serving platter layer bread and top with vegetables and basil mixture. Toss bread with vegetables if desired. Serve.

Nutrition: Per serving: 193 calories, 11 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 187 mg sodium.


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