Tuscan Bread Salad


This is the traditional bread salad from Italy.

Ingredients

olive oil
red wine vinegar
1 slice toasted bread cut into cubes (see notes)
1 tomato cut into slices
1/8 of a red onion thinly sliced
2-3 leaves fresh Basil, torn
salad greens
2 tablespoons grated romano or parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Mix the olive oil and red wine vinegar together.
  2. Toss toasted bread cubes with the tomatoes, onions, and basil.
  3. Put the salad onto a serving plate, drizzle with the oil and vinegar, and garnish with cheese.  Serve immediately.

Notes: Bread salads are best if the bread is not soggy.  Serve immediately after assembly.  While many bread salads are made with bread that is not toasted, especially stale bread, we prefer toasted.  You can either toast the bread in a toaster or cut it into cubes and toast it in a toaster oven or in the oven at 300 degrees. 

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