Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

    15 min

    Everything in this salad is fresh except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or ciabatta that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is just nearly as dry and crunchy as a crouton.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 clove garlic, peeled
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1 small red onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • handful chopped fresh basil
    • small handful chopped fresh thyme
    • salt to taste
    • 1 (500g) loaf good crusty bread or ciabatta
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Rub peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl.
    2. In the prepared salad bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, garlic and herbs. Salt to taste and toss thoroughly. Allow to sit at room temperature in the salt so that the vegetables release their juices (at least 5 to 10 minutes).
    3. Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces. Add to salad bowl and toss. Add enough olive oil and vinegar to lightly coat, toss again and serve.

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    This salad was divine! My fiance absolutely loved it! I found when that if you toast fresh bread pieces in warm olive oil mixed with minced garlic it adds a great flavor.  -  02 Feb 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This salad was wonderful! Very fresh tasting and flavorful. I chopped all ingredients in food processor except for tomatoes and bread. Did not measure salad ingredients (only dressing). Ended up with a lot of salad so I doubled dressing. My picky husband enjoyed this! The next day I used the salad (minus bread) as a sauce. I sauteed boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces; added salad and heated through and served over pasta. Very tasty. Will definitely make this again!  -  22 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent taste. Very fresh! I kept the bread and salad separate, then we spooned each into individual bowls and tossed. This way, leftovers won't be a soggy mess. We added salt and pepper.  -  10 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)