This classic Tuscan summer salad is a family favorite.  It combines the best of your summer garden and last night's left over bread turning them into a refreshing and irresistible summer lunch.  Nothing is better than coming home from a hot day at the beach and digging this beauty out of the fridge! 


  • 1 lb stale country style bread, about 4 slices 1 inch thick
  • 4 large very ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 02 2 cucumbers, peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh basil, coarsely chopped or torn
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Soften the bread slices in a bowl of cool water, then squeeze each slice gently to rid of excess liquid. Tear the bread into chunks and toss into a salad bowl.
  2. Slice the tomatoes thickly or into chunks and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the onion, cucumber and basil.
  4. In a small bowl beat the oil and vinegar to emulsify then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
  6. Set aside in a cool spot for at least 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors combine.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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