"Italian bread and tomato salad! Capers work great in place of the olives too!" — veggiemom
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day old Italian bread, torn into bite-size pieces
salt and pepper to taste
ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
sliced red onion
basil leaves, shredded
pitted and halved green olives
fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-size pieces
In my opinon, your ingredient choices will make or break this salad from 5 star plus to a 2 or 3 star. I have had this about 6 or 7 times (various recipes). By FAR the best is using stale hard rolls or very-chewy Italian bread. If you don't, the bread just becomes mushy instead of that wonderful, chewy, garlic-bread bites that is so special in this recipe. Alot of the flavor is from your choice garlic and oil, too. I use a high quality EVOO and FRESH only: minced garlic, mozzarella and basil leaves. If you don't use the fresh, it alters the flavor significantly. I think cherry or grape tomato's texture is better suited for this. Capers are a nice added flavor and, as I discovered tonight, so is roasted asparagas. With all that being said...made with our preferences, this goes in the favorite file.
this was great compared to others but i added artichokes hearts soo good thnxx, veggie mom
Fabulous salad!!! This is bruschetta in a bowl. I used more tomatoes, kalamata olives, and a lot more fresh basil. Due to the small amount of dressing the bread does not get soggy. The leftovers the next day were still good. Tons of great flavor in this dish!
OMG this is super good! I used white balsamic vinegar, no onions, because they are too overpowering, and no olives, personal choice. The flavors mix wonderfully and it's the perfect summer salad. It was so hot here today that I toasted the bread on the bbq in a pan of course, using the indirect method, they came out perfect and had that smokey flavor. I used smart balance instead of olive oil on the bread too. I will make this again and again! Thanks for a great recipe!
This is a FANTASTIC salad. I used it as a foundation and added some chopped fresh spinach leaves to it. The flavors are wonderful. I used the broiler to toast the bread. Then I made a layer of bread, then put the salad on top of it to serve to my family. Even my 7 year old grandson loved it! Way to go!!
WOW! This is a fantastic dish!!! My family of picky eaters loved it.
I didnt have any fresh basil on hand so I substituted dried italian seasoning. I also used black and green olives and added pepperoni because I had some that I needed to use up and it really made the salad delicious.
My husband has already asked when we can have this again.
Excellent summer salad. I used Kalamata olives in place of the green (b/c that's what I had.) Everyone raved about this dish! Can't wait to try w/ capers! Thanks for the recipe!
This salad is AWESOME! I loved it and so did the family. Thanks.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 195
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