unfortunately i was out of olives and wine vinegar. i used a good extra splash of balsamic and olive oil instead and had to use garlic powder but this turned out lovely all the same. like a big bowl full of bruccetta! i used toasted stale brown bread, which was fine, and added a bit of dill. this would lend itself well to variations, will make often!
I can't believe that I waited this long to make this! Ready in a snap, simple, tasty ingredients and relatively healthy. I omitted the onion and made the mistake of doubling the dressing when it seemed like it wasn't enough to coat the bread- big mistake so next time I'll stick to the recipe :-) I added some shredded rotisserie chicken too!
This was fabulous! And very easy. I omitted the olives and used white cheddar. I also included the olive oil. This made a fabulous side dish and will be made frequently in the summertime!
I had been waiting for the longest time to make this recipe. We finally got heirloom tomatoes and I splurged on fresh mozzarella. This is wonderful! Summer Party in your mouth wonderful! We did omit olives (DH preference) otherwise, made exactly as written. DH thought the recipe was well written and easy for him to follow. We will be sharing this recipe and enjoying as often as possible. Thank you so much for posting a great recipe!
We liked it! Thank you for a great idea Kumquat. I will definitely be making this again, but next time I'll go ahead and use the olive oil as the vinegars were too dominant for our tastes. I used regular olives and fresh mozzarella. Made for ZWT, please see my rating system as I rate tougher than most.
As a Holiday gift my father bought some very special tomatoes from Florida, since it's cold and there are no local tomatoes, nor garden tomatoes. I quickly went to this recipe as I had seen it and saved previously this fall and it was specific to using the best quality ingredients. I loved, loved this recipe. I had some sourdough bread left and toasted that in the oven for a bit, until a bit crisp. I followed this exactly although I did add a bit of extra virgin olive oil at the end. Oh this is wonderful, wonderful. I will always use this for all four seasons, and those quality tomatoes really do make a difference. Thanks so much for posting this beauty, Kumquat!
This has become my favorite salad for the summer. I had fresh garden tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, which I mixed together, fresh basil that a friend at work gave me and a fresh loaf of sourdough bread that I just made and toasted in the oven as suggested. I didn't measure anything just put it all together to our liking and what I thought we could eat so I can't comment on the ingredients as written. Excellent combingation. I did add one clove of garlic finely chopped. Thanks
Wonderful Salad! Love the dressing. Served it to guest last night and it was an instant hit. Used some of my leftover sourdough bread. I did not add the salt to the dressing, however added fresh garlic. Served over a bed of baby greens. Very pretty. Found that we needed more dressing than the original recipe so would suggest making 1 1/2 times the recipe for four people. Thanks for sharing.
We really liked this salad. I tripped across the recipe the same day my DH came home from the store w/2 loaves of Ciabatta bread I had never eaten before, but he bought on sale (I’ll let you guess why). In my book, that’s a sign. I made the salad as written, but had no mozzarella & just used grated Parmesan. I enjoyed the bread in it & it was light enough to be ideal for most hearty Italian meals. Its versatility makes it special. Adding pepperoni, mushrooms & pasta = a satisfying 1-dish meal … or … adding baby shrimp &/or avocado = a lovely lunch salad, etc., etc. Thx for posting this keeper for us.
DH is the reviewer, because I don't eat fresh tomatoes. I subsituted regular black olives for the Kalamatas, at his request. He liked the salad, and I thought it was very pretty. However, too much onion in his opinion.