Mid Summer Italian Bread Salad Recipe

Summer has its own treats and wonders. One of them is fresh vegetables that look ravishing and taste heavenly. A salad that is quick to prepare with no cooking involved can prove a life saver when you have little time on your hands for a special meal. The ingredients are also handy and are usually always available in an average home.

The Mid Summer Italian Bread salad uses crunchy stale bread with a variety of  fresh vegetables and serves them in a seducing way. The salad looks lovely with beef, steaks and barbecue and has the potential to win over the taste buds. The following step by step guide has everything from ingredients to the preparation method in the most detailed way.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 4 Persons
Utensils: Large salad bowl, knife


– 1 clove garlic
– 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
– 1 cup chopped tomatoes
– 1 cup cucumber – peeled, seeded and chopped
– 1 cup chopped red onion
– 1 clove garlic
– 2 cups chopped fresh basil
– 1/8 cup chopped fresh thyme
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  • 1

    Make the preparations first. Chop up the tomatoes. The cucumber has to be peeled first, the seed part separated with a spoon or knife and then chopped like the tomatoes. This is followed by the onions. Mince the garlic and prepare the rest.

  • 2

    Make bite sized pieces of the bread. If it is too fresh you can try toasting it to make it crunchier and dry.

  • 3

    Take the salad bowl out and rub its interior sides well with the garlic clove. In it mix together the bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, basil and thyme. Add the olive oil and vinegar and toss well so that they get coated on everything. Serve immediately while the vegetables are still fresh and the bread crunchy to the bite.

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