A super-delicious Italian bread salad. Croutons are tossed with chickpeas, baby plum tomatoes, peppers, onion, kalamata olives, pesto, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, goat cheese and pine nuts.
I won 1st Place for this salad that I re-named Tuscan Bread Salad! I had to substiute a few items because of availability- I live in Mexico. I used a homemade sourdough bread- no artisan breads here and also grape tomatoes, cannellini beans ,feta, orange and yellow peppers( left out the red & green peppers)and also added some summer sausage cut in quarters. I also sprinkled the feta cheese on top to give it a better visual presentation. The judges must have loved it- 25% judging for presentation and 75% for taste! I also added some rosemary and basil springs along side the platter I put it on. Thanks again for this great recipe! - 25 May 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Oh, my gosh! This was my favorite salad so far! i couldn't find any tear-drop tomatoes so I had no tomatoes in it and I used feta cheese instead of the goat but stuck with the rest of the recipe. It was absolutely phenominal! I loved it. My husband and sister really enjoyed it as well. It had so much flavor. Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making this again as well as putting it in my "potluck" recipes so others can enjoy it! - 10 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Simple and delicious. I made it for a work meeting and it was a huge hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. - 22 Sep 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)