Why throw away the rest of that good, dense loaf you picked up at the bakery the other day? This is what the Italians do with day-old (or older) bread. Simply delicious!!!


  • 2 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaf, torn into small pieces
  • 1⁄ 2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, plus more as needed
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6-8 slices thick country bread, torn into bite-size pieces (sourdough is good - dense, bakery bread)


1. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, garlic and basil.
2. Drizzle with the 1/2 cup olive oil and the 3 tblsps vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss well.
3. Place half of the bread in a wide, shallow bowl.
4. Spoon half of the tomato mixture over the bread.
5. Layer the remaining bread on top and then the remaining tomato mixture.
6. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
7. Just before serving, toss the salad and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
8. If the bread seems dry, add a little oil or vinegar.
9. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving

Serving Size: 1 (200 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories 559.6 Calories from Fat 261 ......47%
Total Fat 29.1 g ......44%
Saturated Fat 4.3 g ......21%
Cholesterol 0 mg ......0%
Sodium 501.6 mg ......20%
Total Carbohydrate 63.5 g ......21%
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g ......15%
Sugars 7.9 g ......31%
Protein 12.9 g ......25%


salad, bread


Evelyn Athens


4 servings



preparation times

• Active: 15 Minutes
• Marinate: 1 Hour