Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad


"Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton."


10 m servings 468 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 468 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 65.6g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 671 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Rub a peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl.
  2. Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces.
  3. In the prepared salad bowl, combine the bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, basil and thyme. Add enough olive oil and vinegar to lightly coat, toss and serve.
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  1. 185 Ratings


This salad was divine! My fiance absolutely loved it! I found when that if you toast fresh bread pieces in warm olive oil mixed with minced garlic it adds a great flavor.

This salad was wonderful! Very fresh tasting and flavorful. I chopped all ingredients in food processor except for tomatoes and bread. Did not measure salad ingredients (only dressing). Ende...

Excellent taste. Very fresh! I kept the bread and salad separate, then we spooned each into individual bowls and tossed. This way, leftovers won't be a soggy mess. We added salt and pepper.

My husband and I loved this salad. The first time I made it I did not have thyme or red onion. I made it anyway and we thought that was delicious. When I had all the ingredients and tried it ...

Wonderful flavor!! I only used 8 slices of bread, 4 toasted and 4 not toasted to see which way we liked it. We much preferred the untoasted bread. Thanks for a great recipe.

It is a must to toast the bread - left out the thyme. Oh so good.

This is a GREAT salad. I minced the garlic and added it to the dressing. I also mixed the vingar (I used red wine) with a teaspoon of prepared mustard before combining with the oil so it would...

I used a lot less bread, my husband loved the taste.

my husband and i thought this was delicious! next time, i'll try red wine vinegar, instead of balsamic, and fresh tomatoes from the garden. yummy...