Undoubtedly one of the very best things about the latter half of summer is the abundance of fresh tomatoes.  Bonus flavor points if they come directly from the garden or farmers market.  Certainly a ripe summer tomato is a thing of beauty all on its own, but when the bounty presents itself, they are just begging to be used in all sorts of dishes.  I started thinking about different ways to use tomatoes that would highlight their fresh from the garden flavor.  Inspired by the classic sandwich combo, I dreamed up this BLT panzanella.

Essentially, this is a deconstructed BLT in salad form.  It’s got all the components of the sandwich we know and love but is served in a way that makes it ideal for summer cook outs, pitch-ins, etc.  Even as one of the minority that isn’t madly in love with bacon everything, I am pretty head-over-heels for this dish.  It’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next get together.  If you are serving more than just a few, you’ll definitely want to double the recipe.  Trust me!

Note: This recipe was developed as part of my ongoing contribution to the Go Bold with Butter blog.  Head over to see my posts as well as more great recipes from the other awesome bloggers involved with the project!