Rustic Italian Bread Salad

30 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (183 g) each
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4 servings, 1/4 recipe (183 g) each

Invented by Italian cooks to use day-old bread, bread salad is a classic summer salad. Our version features toasted bread, salad greens, avocado, tomatoes and cheese in a balsamic dressing.

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  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Place cream cheese on parchment-covered baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray; sprinkle with zest, pepper and 1/2 tsp. garlic. Bake 8 to 10 min. until lightly browned. Cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, cut each bread piece diagonally in half; place on baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Bake 3 to 5 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides.
  • Arrange bread, arugula, avocados, tomatoes and cream cheese on platter. Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar and remaining garlic until well blended; drizzle over salad.

Serving Suggestion

Serve this colourful salad with grilled poultry or fish.

Special Extra

Toss tomatoes with 1/4 cup sliced black olives before adding to platter.


  • 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (183 g) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (183 g) each
Calories 450
% Daily Value
Total fat 32g
Saturated fat 9g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 370mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fibre 5g
Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 40 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • keroberous |

    This salad was excellent. I'm not rating it 5 stars though for a couple of reasons, mainly because I didn't make it exactly as written. I only used one ciabatta bun. I also cut the bun into small crouton-sized pieces. I also added a tablespoon of dijon mustard to keep the dressing from separating and then tossed the dressing like a normal salad. Finally, avocado is not really what I think of when I think "Italian" and that being said, including it didn't really affect the final product for better (or worse), so you can leave it out if you want. The creamy texture it would normally provide is replaced with the cream cheese.