Healthy Italian Bread Salad

    10 mins

    Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of Italian bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1, 500g loaf Italian bread
    • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
    • 1 cup peeled,seeded and chopped cucumber
    • 1 cup peeled and chopped red onion
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 2 cups chopped fresh Italian basil leaves
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons (30ml) balsamic vinegar

    Prep: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 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)