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Bread Salad

A bread salad also can provide another meal if you double the recipe (or, for two, use the leftovers). For the first supper, serve the salad with hard-boiled eggs on the side and finish with summer stone fruits (peaches, apricots or nectarines) with cheese. For the second meal, try bread salad with pasta. I buy fresh linguine in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Before you start cooking the linguine, put the leftover bread salad in a large bowl in a 200-degree oven to warm while you are cooking the linguine. Drain the linguine, add it to the bowl and toss. Finish it with a generous grating of sharp cheese. Dessert could be a fruit sorbet with cookies.

Courses: Salads
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

4 cups 250g / 8.8ozTomatoes - (to 5) (large)
3 cups 711mlGarlic cloves (large)
1/2   Red onion
1   Cucumber
  Salt - to taste
3 tablespoons 45mlRed wine vinegar
1/3 cup 78mlOlive oil
1   Loaf French bread - (16 oz)
1   Watercress

Recipe Instructions

Core tomatoes and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half in 1/2-inch strips. Holding strips together, chop crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in large bowl and set aside.

Cut garlic into tiny strips lengthwise, then hold strips together and chop into tiny pieces crosswise. Add to tomatoes. Cut onion into 1/4-inch strips lengthwise. Holding strips together, cut strips crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces. Add to bowl.

Peel cucumber and cut it lengthwise down center. Using teaspoon, hold cucumber half over sink and scrape out seeds. Cut each cucumber half in 4 strips lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces crosswise. Add to bowl. Salt vegetables in bowl to taste and toss to mix vegetables. Taste and add more salt if salad tastes flat.

Place vinegar in small bowl, add oil and whisk to mix well, or use a spoon and stir briskly. Pour dressing over salad and toss to mix salad thoroughly.

Trim crust off bread with sharp knife and discard. Cut loaf into 1/2-inch cubes and add to salad. Toss salad to mix thoroughly. If it seems a little dry, add more olive oil and another spoonful or two of vinegar.

Remove leaves from watercress stems and add to salad. Toss and serve.

This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

Each of 8 servings: 224 calories; 348 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 30 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 0.56 gram fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 08-02-2000


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