Italian tomato & bread salad

tomato and bread salad

Serves 4

  • 200 g stale or part-baked ciabatta bread

  • 600 g ripe mixed tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 handful small capers, soaked and drained

  • 1 red onion, peeled, halved and very finely sliced

  • 280 g roasted peppers in olive oil, drained and roughly chopped

  • 8 anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained, optional

  • good-quality red wine vinegar

  • good-quality extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked

Tear the ciabatta into thumb-sized pieces, then pop them on a tray in a warm place to dry out a little.



Put the tomatoes into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix together. Add the capers, onion, peppers, bread and anchovies, if using. Mix again with your hands to really get the flavours going.



Stir in 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and about 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Have a taste and add more salt, pepper, vinegar or oil if you think it's needed.



Tear the basil leaves over the salad, give it another good stir, and it's ready to serve. Lovely on a hot summer's day with barbecued meats or roast chicken.



Tip: If you can't get hold of ciabatta, any country-style bread will do.

Nutritional Information

Italian tomato & bread salad

A beautiful salad of crunchy ciabatta tossed with juicy ripe tomatoes and anchovies

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10m (plus drying time)
Super easy
Method

You'll love this juicy summer side dish.

Tear the ciabatta into thumb-sized pieces, then pop them on a tray in a warm place to dry out a little.

Put the tomatoes into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix together. Add the capers, onion, peppers, bread and anchovies, if using. Mix again with your hands to really get the flavours going.

Stir in 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and about 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Have a taste and add more salt, pepper, vinegar or oil if you think it's needed.

Tear the basil leaves over the salad, give it another good stir, and it's ready to serve. Lovely on a hot summer's day with barbecued meats or roast chicken.

Tip: If you can't get hold of ciabatta, any country-style bread will do.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 490
    25%
  • Carbs 36.1g
    14%
  • Sugar 12.4g 14%
  • Fat 31.6g 45%
  • Saturates 5.3g 27%
  • Protein 14.3g 32%
Of an adult's reference intake

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