This is one of my most favourite ways to use up stale, good quality bread.
We’re blessed here in Jaltemba Bay with fine bakers who work from their kitchens and sell amazing bread at the markets or on the corners of any one of our villages. When we buy the bread I do my best to use it all while it’s still fresh, or to make croutons as it becomes stale… but sometime I just have to have this salad. Try it! You won’t be disappointed.
Italian Bread Salad
1 clove garlic (to rub around bowl)
1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread or whatever you have left over
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chopped fresh basil
1/8 cup chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Rub a peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl. Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces. 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. And the most important step is EAT AND ENJOY!
Photo from cookingchanneltv.com
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