Italian Tomato and Bread Salad

    30 mins

    Don't throw away old bread, try this great recipe for a real taste of summer seen from the Italian eye.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3/4 small loaf of bread, 1-2 days old, cut or torn into bite-sized chunks
    • 1 yellow capsicum pepper, cut into chunks
    • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
    • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 450g juicy ripe plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
    • 2 tbsp capers, drained
    • 1 small bunch of fresh basil, about 20g, torn
    • 20 mini mozzarella cheese wedges, 225g total weight

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Spread the bread out over two-thirds of a large roasting tin. Toss the yellow pepper chunks in 1 tbsp oil and put in a single layer on the remaining third of the tin. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove and leave to cool for a few minutes.
    2. While the bread and peppers are roasting, put the remaining oil in a large serving bowl and whisk in the vinegar, caster sugar and a little ground black pepper. Add the onion slices and toss well to coat in the dressing, then add the tomatoes and capers, and mix together.
    3. Add the bread and yellow peppers to the bowl. Scatter with the torn basil, then mix well. Cover and chill until you are ready to serve. Drain the mini mozzarella cheeses and arrange over the top of the salad before serving.


    For mozzarella, use a drained 200g can tuna in olive oil, flaked, or a 185g can skinless boneless sardines.

    Shopping tips

    If you can't find mini mozzarella, buy two 125g packs mozzarella and cut into pieces. * You can buy the 50 per cent less fat mozzarella, if you prefer.

    Cooking tip

    The salad can be chilled for several hours, or even overnight.

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    I love any Italian panzanella salad, especially in the summer when you can get great tomatoes. Thanks  -  12 Sep 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)