Bread Salad with Tomatoes, Herbs, and Red Onions

Published September 1, 1995.

Why this recipe works:

For our bread salad recipes, we recycled good-quality day-old bread to create Mediterranean-style dishes. We found that sourdough or a sturdy peasant bread was needed for a good bread salad recipe. Airy, unsubstantial bread became soggy very quickly.

For our bread salad recipes, we recycled good-quality day-old bread to create Mediterranean-style dishes. We found that sourdough or a sturdy peasant bread was needed for a good bread salad recipe. Airy, unsubstantial bread became soggy very quickly.

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Serves 4

Despite its most humble origins, this salad is delicious. The bread must be coarse peasant bread or any sturdy Italian-style bread. Other breads will not hold up to being dressed with oil and vinegar and combined with tomatoes, which are full of water. Also, don't use sweetened breads. If the tomatoes are ripe and the olive oil is particularly flavorful, you can omit the vinegar, moistening the bread with a tablespoon or two of water instead.

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