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Grilled Beef Panzanella w/Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette

Category: Salads

Products Used: Valle de Oliva Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fig Balsamic Vinegar

This Italian summer salad is made by soaking fresh croutons in a mixture of tomatoes, onions, fresh basil, and cheese. It's a meal that will satisfy the entire family.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 tablespoons OTO Fig Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons OTO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed french bread
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups tomato, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh pecorino romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 4-oz. beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Prepare grill.

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare vinaigrette, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

To prepare salad, arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Lightly coat bread cubes with cooking spray.

Bake for 18 minutes or until toasted.

Combine bread, tomato, onion, basil, pecorino Romano cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over bread cube mixture; toss gently to coat.

Sprinkle beef with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place beef on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until beef is medium-rare or desired degree of doneness.

Serve beef over salad.