Bread salads are made different ways all over the world, depending on the culture. Here is a basic recipe that can be modified using your desired flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It's a great way to use leftover bread and can be eaten as a side dish or main course. Try adding grilled chicken or steak for a hardy meal!
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cloves garlic, crushed
4 Cups crusty bread, cut into bite sized chunks
1 Cup red onion, diced
3 Cups tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
1/4 Cup Feta or Mozzarella cheese, whichever you prefer
3 Tablespoons White or Dark Balsamic Vinegar
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn into bite sized pieces
1 Tablespoon capers
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat olive oil and sauté garlic 1-2 minutes, add bread and sauté until golden brown. Lower heat, add onions and sauté for another minute or so. Add tomatoes and vinegar, remove from heat. Add basil, cheese, capers, toss to combine. If salad seems dry, drizzle a small amount of olive oil over it and toss. Serve immediately and garnish with basil.