Bread and tomato salad, fresh and perfect as a side dish for your barbecues! Amazingly easy to prepare & so tasty! I paired this with the spaghetti & it was a hit.



⤞5 slices bread
⤞2 ripe tomatoes
⤞1 small red onion
⤞¹/₂  cucumber
⤞10 to 15 basil leaves
⤞Olive oil


  • Peel and slice the onion and, optionally, transfer it to a small bowl full of water and vinegar (the proportion should be half-half).
  • Place the bread in a bowl and sprinkle it with a mixture of water and vinegar – I used in total a 100 ml (3,5 fluid oz) solution, half water half vinegar. Leave it to rest for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, wash and slice the cucumber.
  • Wash and dice the tomatoes and move them into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix tomatoes and bread together in a bowl.
  • Drain the onion and add it to the bread and tomatoes, together with the cucumber.
  • Chop the basil leaves with your fingers and sprinkle all over.
  • Add ¹/₂ salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (you can adjust these quantities depending on your preferences).
  • Mix well and let rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Recipe tips

Don’t use fresh bread. This is absolutely not ideal for the recipe, as it will become too soggy and mushy, which is the opposite effect we want to achieve. Alternatively, if you just have fresh bread on hand, you might dry it in the oven for around 15 minutes.

Use ripe, big, juicy tomatoes. This is essential because the juice will contribute to soak the bread once we will start assembling. For this reason, try to avoid cherry tomatoes or unripe tomatoes.

Give it time to mingle and mix. The ideal is to prepare it the day before for the day after, but leaving it half an hour in the fridge before eating is enough. This will allow all the flavors to get well coated and this simple salad will upgrade from the status of good and tasty to please-give-me-more-I-cant-stop.

If you find red onion too sour, you can soak it, after slicing it, in a mixture of vinegar- water and leave it there for around 20 minutes. This will help sweeten the taste.
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