Bread Salad

"Something different for your next cookout."
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  • Combine bread, tomatoes and basil in large bowl.
  • In food processor with metal blade, chop garlic and salt. Add rosemary, hot pepper flakes and vinegar.
  • Add olive oil in a stream to emulsify.
  • Toss bread mixture and dressing.
  • Allow to stand for at least 20 minutes so the bread can absorb the dressing.

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  1. When I first saw this recipe, I thought it would be like one of my favorite Middle Eastern salads, Fattoosh. No way! It's better, in a totally different way. Bursting with Mediterranean flavors, this salad is addictive. I used fresh rosemary and also used a healthy splash of balsamic vinegar. The tiny bit that was left over from my BBQ was taken to work the next day, where I had to carefully guard it in the break room. Yo, Richard, this one rocks!
  2. bread salad...we had never had anything like this before, the flavor was incredible. i prepared it exactly as the recipe said, didn't change a thing. this is something i could serve just for the 2 of us, or when entertaining and doing something a little more fancy, because i think it makes a wonderful impression on people (it did i thought it was great. really easy to make too.
  3. As Richard's brother I can say this is one of the best things he brings to one of my cookouts. It is awsome try it.
  4. After all the rave reviews, I just had to give this a try. Absolutely magnificent. Unlike any salad I have made before, but I knew we would love the tomatoes and basil. The bread really did not get soggy from the dressing. This was our supper and we certainly give it a resounding 5-stars. Thanks Richard.
  5. This is a wonderful recipe, Richard!! The only thing I changed was to omit the hot red pepper flakes, as my family is not a fan of "hot stuff". I also think I may have "accidentally" added an extra clove of garlic;) This is a wonderful salad that I am sure I will be making again and again!! Thank you! ~Manda


  1. We loved this! I made it exactly as written except that I added some little balls of fresh mozzarella (which really didn't add much.) I'm planning a rendezvous with the left overs around midnight (just in case I don't have time for breakfast!) Thanks Richard! UPDATE: It was a five star recipe before, but I think it may be off the charts now! Taking a cue from other reviewers, I used dried basil instead of rosemary in the dressing as well as balsamic vinegar and a handful of grated parmesean / Romano cheese blend at the end. But what really kicked this up several notches was Ciabatta bread from the new bakery in town. Oh Mama!! I hope I have enough left to serve at dinner!
  2. I had heard of Bread Salad before but had never tried it. I made this at a BBQ for friends and I was WOWED by it. I used Sage instead of basil as that is what I had and I thought it was a unique flavour. I made it a good 6 or so hours before serving so the "dressing" was well absorbed. What a great change from an ordinary green salad. Thanks so much Richard for the post.
  3. Wow! I had never tried bread salad before, but I was faced with a stale loaf of homemade bread and some ripe tomatoes so I knew it was time. It really blows my mind how delicious this simple recipe is! I love the earthiness that the rosemary adds to the mix. I didn't have any white wine vinegar on hand so I used balsamic instead. Mmmm!



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