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.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rub a peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl.

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  • Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

468.2 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 65.6g 21% DV; fat 17.8g 27% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 670.7mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2003
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2003
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 combine better. I would toast the bread in the oven next time first so it won't be so soggy. I left out the cucumbers and used all tomatoes too. Read More
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210 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 141
  • 4 star values: 54
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2003
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). Ended up with a lot of salad so I doubled dressing. My picky husband enjoyed this! The next day I used the salad (minus bread) as a sauce. I sauteed boneless skinless chicken breast pieces; added salad and heated through and served over pasta. Very tasty. Will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
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 again it was out of this world. We both loved it. Mozzarella is a nice addition to this also. I did toast the bread and used only half of what was called for. I will make this over and over again this summer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2003
It is a must to toast the bread - left out the thyme. Oh so good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2003
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 combine better. I would toast the bread in the oven next time first so it won't be so soggy. I left out the cucumbers and used all tomatoes too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2004
Yummy! Make sure the bread is nice & stale. I had fresh bread that I had to broil to dry it slightly. The bread still seemed to soak up all the oil & vinegar too quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2012
I used a lot less bread my husband loved the taste. Read More
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