Italian Style Bread Salad

    10 minutes

    This is a perfect summer salad which is also a good use for leftover bread. The bread is even better if slightly stale as it stays crunchy when the dressing is added.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 (500g) loaf Italian bread
    • 1 cup diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
    • 1 cup peeled and diced red onion
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 2 cups chopped fresh basil leaves
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Rub a peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl.
    2. Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces.
    3. In the prepared salad bowl, combine the bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, basil and thyme. Add enough olive oil and vinegar to lightly coat, toss 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 USA and 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 USA and 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 USA and Canada)