easy bread salad
Do you want to try something new with your salads? This easy bread salad fits the bill. It’s a very simple panzanella (bread) salad–Plus it’s fresh, and very filling. I love the way the vinaigrette dressing soaks up the bread cubes and adds a perfect amount of flavor. Here’s how I make it, but you can add other veggies/ingredients to suit your taste. I’ve used bell peppers and basil in this too.
1 cucumber, partially peeled, halved and sliced
1-2 tomatoes (quartered and sliced), or 1-2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes (halved),
pitted Greek olives (1/2 cup, or to taste)
1/3 loaf 100% whole grain bread, cut into cubes (for you locals, Wegmans sells a great organic 100% whole wheat loaf in their bakery)
Dressing: Equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, a little black pepper, a little lemon juice, whisked together. Can adjust quantities to taste.
Bake the cubed bread on a cookie sheet for a few minutes or until browned but not hard. Combine with vegetables and olives in a bowl. Add dressing and toss, making sure dressing covers bread.
That’s it! Serve and enjoy.