Tomato-Bread Salad with Basil and Capers Recipe -
Tomato-Bread Salad with Basil and Capers Recipe
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Tomato-Bread Salad with Basil and Capers

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"Capers lend this panzanella-style tomato salad the perfect salty bite!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place bread cubes on a cookie sheet with a rim; bake until bread is dried out, about 30 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile dice and salt the tomatoes in a medium bowl; stir in the garlic and let stand until juicy, about 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare remaining ingredients; add to tomatoes and toss. Add bread cubes; toss again. Adjust seasonings, including pepper to taste. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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  • Copyright 2006 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Jun 10, 2010

Awesome salad! To me, tomatoes and fresh basil are a classic combination that go together like peanut butter and jelly! My bread was already stale, so it didn't take long to dry out. I love the addition of capers in this. I didn't change a thing except to add an extra splash of red wine vinegar. This recipe is a definite keeper!

Aug 15, 2011

I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't use onions (can't stand raw onions), and couldn't find French or Italian bread, so I substituted regular bread. Like several other reviewers, I added 2 small, nearly seedless chopped cucumbers and some chopped mozzarella. This got a major "Wow" from my family! We will definitely be making it more often, and I am hoping to take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow if my husband doesn't sneak downstairs and eat them all tonight!!

Jul 20, 2009

If you like bruschetta, you'll love this salad! Great as written or with the addition of a chopped cucumber or a can of white beans.

Feb 20, 2008

Excellent recipe. I made one small change...I added chunks of fresh mozarella just before serving. What a hit! I would recommend doubling this recipe...for four people I didn't have enough. So simple and soooo good!

Aug 29, 2011

I wasn't a big fan of the bread cubes (I left them out of most of the salad, except tried it with one serving, letting it sit for 10 min. like recipe said) I LOVE the tomato salad, and will keep making this without the bread. Awesome way to use up garden tomatoes before they go bad!

Nov 22, 2010

This is defintely a five star recipe. I made as written except at the end added a little balsamic vinegar. This made it even yummier but it wasn't necessary. Obviously, there is quite a bit of chopping but I thought this was super easy to put together....

May 13, 2010

We've tried (and liked) other bread salad recipes from ar, but this was the first one with toasted bread and capers. Nice change. Yummy fresh. Added chopped seedless cucumber.

Jan 20, 2009

this salad was awesome. I think it would have been good with chunks of chicken in it too.


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  • Calories
  • 218 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 7 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 447 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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