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Tuscan Tomato and Bread Salad – Recipe

Tuscan Tomato and Bread Salad – Recipe

Here is the perfect place for the great little cherry tomatoes that are popping up in farmers’ markets these days, in this salad that would be right at home in the Tuscan hills: ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella married to healthful garlic, shallots, and olive oil with piquant fresh herbs and tangy lemon juice to add zest and style. Mmmm! The thrifty Tuscans know all about delicious uses for day-old bread, and this is one of the best and tastiest ever.


1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 shallots, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons minced herbs, such as Italian parsley, oregano, marjoram, chives, or a combination
Kosher salt
Freshly-ground black pepper
4 cups day-old Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes
4 cups cherry tomatoes, preferably a mix of different colors, quartered (or use regular tomatoes, diced)
1/2 cup black oil-cured olives, pitted and sliced

1. Place vinegar, shallots, and garlic in a medium bowl and set bowl aside for 20 minutes. Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the bread and mozzarella. Pour two-thirds of the dressing over, and toss again. Set the bowl aside for 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes, olives, and remaining dressing, and toss thoroughly. Taste, adjust seasoning, and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from California Home Cooking by Michele Anna Jordan (Harvard Common Press, 1997). Copyright (c) 1997 by Michele Anna Jordan. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from California Home Cooking by Michele Anna Jordan (Harvard Common Press, 1997).

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8:57AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Yum yum gonna have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

9:34PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Sounds like a dish to savour, thanks.

12:24AM PST on Feb 23, 2010

Thanks for this article.

12:23AM PST on Feb 23, 2010

Thanks for this article.

6:10PM PST on Feb 22, 2010

Oh nummy...perfect for Meatless Monday! Love it...

3:15AM PST on Jan 13, 2010

Great lunch, side, or snack. Wholesome and full of flavor. Quick and easy to make. All the makings of a good dish. Thank you.

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