Bread and tomato salad

Bread and tomato salad

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From
A la Grecque
Serves
6
Photographer
Mark Roper

The beauty of this salad is that the crunchy bread soaks up all the flavoursome juices from the tomatoes, capsicums and extra virgin olive oil. We often serve this salad with pickled octopus. The two dishes combine brilliantly with their sweet, tangy and salty flavours, and crunchy, chewy and smooth textures.

It is rather time-consuming to prepare, but most of the preparation, such as roasting and peeling the capsicums, blanching the tomatoes and toasting the bread, can be done the day before. All you need to do then is to assemble the ingredients and serve.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 red capsicums
3 slices sourdough bread, cut into 2 cm cubes
125ml extra virgin olive oil
3 ripe tomatoes
1 red onion, sliced
3 anchovies, roughly chopped
1/3 cup capers, well rinsed
a handful basil leaves, roughly torn
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Roast the capsicums for 40 minutes, or until the skin has browned and the flesh is very soft. Transfer to a bowl and cover with clingfilm. When cool enough to handle, peel the capsicums and remove the seeds. Don’t be tempted to rinse them in water or you will wash away all the flavoursome juices. Cut into 3 cm squares.
  3. Drizzle the bread with about half the olive oil and bake for 8–10 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.
  4. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cut a small cross in the base of each tomato and drop them carefully into the boiling water. Remove after 30 seconds and refresh immediately in iced water. Slip off the skins and cut the tomatoes into 3 cm dice.
  5. Combine the capsicums, bread, tomatoes, onion, anchovies, capers and basil in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle on the remaining olive oil and season with pepper. There is no need to add salt as both the anchovies and capers are salty. Toss gently and serve straight away so the bread is still crunchy.
Tags:
Greek
Greece
European
Mediterranean
SBS
Grecque
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