Hearty and Healthy Bread Salad

 
It may seem like the bread is the star of this dish, but the healthy vegetables fill more than a supporting role!
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Italian or French bread cubes
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup vinaigrette dressing (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup peeled and diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • handful of thinly sliced basil to taste
Vinaigrette dressing:
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Materials:
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large salad bowl
  • Blender/Whisk
  • Medium bowl if not using blender
Directions:
1.  In salad bowl, toss bread cubes with 2 tablespoons dressing; let stand 15 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients including several more tablespoons vinaigrette dressing and toss. Add more dressing if needed.  Makes 2 servings.
 
2.  To make vinaigrette dressing: In blender or medium bowl with wire whisk, combine all ingredients.  Makes about 1-1/4 cups dressing.

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