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Grilled Avocado and Bacon Panzanella

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  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Servings 8
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This delicious bacon and avocado grilled bread salad will dominate the salad category at your next summer potluck, but it might taste even better straight from the fridge the next morning when all the guests are gone!
Created May 14, 2018
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  • 1 loaf (about 1 pound) Italian ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
  • 2 firm ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped cooked bacon (about 11 slices)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


  • 1
    1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Brush bread and avocado halves on both sides with 1/4 cup of the olive oil.
  • 2
    2. Place bread and avocado halves on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until grill marks form on bread and avocados. Transfer to cutting board; cool about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Dice bread and avocados.
  • 3
    3. Meanwhile, in very large bowl, mix remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, the lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette to a medium bowl; add avocados to the medium bowl, and gently toss to coat. Add tomatoes, bacon and bread to the very large bowl of remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with avocados and basil.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    To peel avocados, run a large spoon between the peel and flesh of the avocado halves.
  • Tip 2
    Ripe, juicy summer tomatoes are preferable for this recipe, but if your tomatoes aren’t perfect, your salad doesn’t have to suffer! Make up for the lack of juice by keeping the bread a little softer and grilling for a shorter time.

Nutrition Information

450 Calories, 31g Total Fat, 9g Protein, 34g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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