A 16th century style dish from Italy. The name came from referring to deep dish with stale bread cubes with onions and vinegar over stale bread. Usually a light summer salad.
I just love everything about this salad. The bread cubes especially when toasted and turned into garlic bread. The original recipe is made with stale day old bread.
The juices sop up the bread and it's delicious. I make it either way.
I love olive oil, balsamic vinegar with herbs and spices. Homemade makes all the difference in flavors.
Of course it's better the next day if the dressing sits to seep the flavors. I always forget to make the dressing the day before my salad.
I usually have this when it's really hot outside. I like a cool lighter meal in summer. Living in Florida, I don't have heavier meals unless it's chilly outside or a rainy day.
This isn't suppose to have any other ingredients other than tomatoes, fresh basil, cubed stale bread and dressing.
I love to improvise and add all kinds of things I like to it. I usually never add meats but you can if you like.
I love mine with cucumbers, mozzarella balls that are fresh from the deli and olives.
Make it how you like it. If you read the history on this, it's quite plain but absolutely yummy!
A fresh Tuscan salad from Central Italy can be the best new salad you add to your healthy diet. This one is a favorite of mine.