Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tomato Bread Salad Tuscany Style




As we are preparing a trip to the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco ( which means literally, the hub of the world ) ,there is little time left to spend in the kitchen.
Despite of that, we still planned a small dinner party for friends who are visiting us in Peru.
Short of time, but still wanting to prepare something refreshing with a little twist, I remembered this wonderful, tasty salad that represents the aromas of the Mediterranean and was one of our favorite treats when in Tuscany.
It's ideal for summer, when tomatoes are at their best and a great way to use left over baguette or other bread.

Ingredients:


-400g ripe cherry tomatoes halved (or ripe mixed tomatoes, roughly chopped)
-1/2 stale baguette or ciabatta bread (you can as well use a fresh one. In this case bake it in the oven at low temperature until dried up)
-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and  crashed
-1/2 cup of good quality olive oil
-2 sprigs of Rosemary
-1/2 cup of black olives, cored and coarsely chopped
-1/2 spoonful chopped chili, seeds removed (optional)
-1 spoonful fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
For the dressing:
-2 tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar
-1 teaspoon of brown sugar
-4 Table spoon of good quality olive oil
- freshly ground pepper and salt
Method:
Wash and halve the  Cherry tomatoes


Chop olives


mix the olive oil with the crushed garlic, add a bit of salt


tear the bread into thumb sized pieces and brush with the olive oil- garlic mixture

Bake in oven together with the Rosemary at 220 C until golden brown.


Mix the tomatoes in a large bowl with salt and pepper, put aside for about 10 minutes at room temperature, then mix again together.


Add olives, bread pieces and, if you wish, the chili.



Apart, in a smaller bowl mix well the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and brown sugar( until dissolved) for the dressing.
Pour over the salad ( the idea is that the bread soaks up all the flavors), mix carefully again and sprinkle with basil leaves.


Serves 4
Enjoy!
See you next week








 
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39 comments:

  1. We're really into salads at the moment, so this is a very appropriate recipe! Love all the flavors you've manged to include - this looks so refreshing. Plus it's so pretty! Really good stuff - thanks so much.

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you so much, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post.
      We all love this salad here at home, it brings a bit of Tuscany flair at the kitchen table :)

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  2. Hi Daniela, thank for visiting my blog and in turn I got introduced to yours. We love any form of a panzanella and this one looks so fresh and good. Enjoy your vacation.

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    1. Hi Asha,
      It was such fun discovering your wonderful blog and for sure I'll come back visiting.

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    2. Really sweet of you to visit my blog and for your comment, and thanks for your support.

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  3. Hi Daniela, love your salad. So refreshing and appetizing, lovely colour too. I love to add crispy bread cubes in my salad too, very addictive to munch.
    Thank for sharing your recipe.

    Enjoy your trip to 'the hub of the world' looking forward to see your beautiful pictures. :)

    Have a wonderful week ahead, regards.

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Hope you had a wonderful birthday
      and for sure I'll come back from my trip with some new pictures.
      Have a nice day ahead!

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  4. A very satisfying and appetizing salad, Daniela.

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Thank you, it's true ,this salad works not only a side dish but as well as a satisfying light summer lunch or dinner.

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  5. This looks so appetizing, I want to devour that whole batch haha

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    1. Thanks Natalie, would love to share this salad with you anytime :)

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  6. Oh Cusco is great, I was there for 1 week. This salad looks awesome. Funny I just posted a tomato bread, it would be so perfect for this salad. Very summery.

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    1. Hi Evelyne,
      Would have been great to post a"joined venture" with tomato bread and this salad :)
      Maybe next time,
      Cheers

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  7. What a delicious salad!! Puts my lunch to shame today!! =)

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    1. Thank you, so sweet of you and - I'm sure your lunch today was delicious :)

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  8. What a fresh and satisfying dish!

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    1. Thank you Yummy, would love to share it with you :)

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  9. I love bread salad. It's so light and satisfying. This is the perfect meal for those hot days when you don't want to put too much heat in the house. Delicious Daniela!

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    1. Hi Anne,
      I'm happy to hear you liked the recipe. It's true, nothing beats a nice salad for summer.

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  10. Oh, that is a dish I adore! So summery and scrumptious. A great way of using bread leftovers.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa,
      It seems I can never prepare enough of this salad, my family tends to disparar it asap :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. This is a perfect summer salad! I think I'd enjoy it every single day. Love the mix of tomatoes and olives.

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you so much, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the post.
      Have a great weekend!

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  12. I’d do just about anything for one of these right now!! Wow!

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    1. Thank you so much, happy to hear you liked the post!

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  13. It is raining salads all around and I am loving it!! Love the combination of flavours and textures in this colorful and yummy salad.

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    1. Definitly salad season is at it's peak
      right now :)
      Happy to hear you liked this recipe.

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  14. I am all over this, makes me think of panzanella but somehow better than any I've ever had.

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    1. Hi Angela,
      You are right it is actually a variation
      of panzanella , and I'm glad you liked my version of this Italian speciality.

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  15. A lovely salad indeed! I hope my tomatoes get out of hand so I can make this soon. Sounds delicious. Have a wonderful, safe trip!

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    1. Hi Tricia,
      thank you so much for your good wishes!
      For sure I'll be back with lots of pictures from this adventure for my next post.
      Hope your tomatoes will be ready soon. :)
      Cheers

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  16. The flavors and colors look wonderful in this salad!!!

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    1. Hi Ashely,
      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post.
      Thanks forstopping by!

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  17. This reminds me of panzanella -- but yummier :)

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    1. Thank you Kiran , glad to hear you liked the recipe!

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  18. That is something I adore! Delightfully summery and perfect for days when it's too hot to cook.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa,
      great to hear you liked the salad, it's
      my favorite too on hot summer days :)

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  19. Had this salad at a friend's cottage for the first time a couple of weeks ago, although I have seen it and known about it for years. I must say my hesitation to make it was entirely because I just couldn't believe it was any good...but boy was I wrong. My friend tore the bread into big uneven chunks and grilled them. FANTASTIC.

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    1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this post!
      Actually this salad is one of my favorite treats too and I never seem to prepare enough for everyone :)

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