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Grilled Italian Bread & Tomato Salad

Total Time
19 min
15 min
4 min
Garlic-rubbed grilled bread is tossed with juicy, ripe tomatoes and basil. A great summer salad that makes a nice alternative to a tomato pasta salad. The red onions add a nice texture and flavor to this dish that comes together in under 20 minutes. When selecting the tomatoes, look for plump tomatoes that have smooth skin. You want their color to be deep and consistent. Pick up the tomato and make sure that it feels heavy for its size. Grill some chicken while you grill the bread for a perfect pairing. Garnish with extra basil.


Olive oil

1½ Tbsp, extra-virgin

Red-wine vinegar

2 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Dried oregano

¼ tsp, crumbled

Fresh tomato(es)

1½ pound(s), cut in wedges, wedges halved (4 1/2 cups)

Uncooked red onion(s)

cup(s), chopped

Italian bread

3½ oz, or ciabatta bread, cut into four 3/4-inch-thick slices

Cooking spray

2 spray(s)


1 medium clove(s), cut in half (to taste)


½ cup(s), fresh, cut into strips or roughly torn*


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano. Add tomatoes and onion; toss and let stand at least 15 minutes for flavors to blend.
  2. Heat outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan. Coat bread with cooking spray.
  3. Grill bread until toasted, about 2 minutes per side; remove from grill and rub with cut side of garlic. Cut bread (or simply break it) into bite-size chunks.
  4. Just before serving, add bread to bowl with tomatoes; sprinkle with basil and toss to mix and coat. Yields about 1 cup per serving.