Monday, October 20, 2014

Seriously Zesty Bread Salad

"October Potluck", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). For this week, I've made a salad recipe of Yotam Ottolenghi (YO), which I have been wanting to make ever since our time with Ottolenghi more than a year ago!

YO has indicated in the recipe to use either sourdough or ciabatta bread, which is toasted with some olive oil and salt, until crispy and brown. I have however used my leftover homemade bread which I stored in the freezer and really needed to clear.

The veggies ; It was noted in the recipe that this salad is only worth making when tomatoes are in season and full of flavour. I have used cherry tomatoes instead, as cherry tomatoes are sweet and I love them in salads. Other veggies; cucumber and coriander from my garden, red onion, red pepper, crushed garlic. Toss the veggies with red wine vinegar, olive oil, grated zest and juice of half a lemon, with some salt and black pepper to taste. Just before serving, mix in the toasted bread, mix gently with a spoon, though I do not understand why YO advised using your hands for this step! Using a spoon works rather well, and hygienic too! 

Sprinkle with some sumac and dig in! Ooh, this is so good! The toasted bread is so crunchy and delicious. I cannot remember the name of the bread that I've made, but it has a light sweetness to it, and extremely delicious when used in this salad! All the veggies and the red onion are wonderfully crisp. This salad is zesty and tangy alright, from the lemon zest and juice, and with the red wine vinegar. And the sumac, I would not skip it! Simply wonderful with the sprinkling of sumac. I can see how this salad is great alongside a piece of slightly charred meat from the barbecue as mentioned by Ottolenghi. I had this with some chicken dish. I will definitely make this salad again.

Seriously Zesty Bread Salad
(adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi)
150gm rustic bread (stale or fresh) - sourdough or ciabatta, for example
salt and pepper
2 small cucumbers (15cm long), cut into 2cm pieces
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, cored and cut into large pieces
1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
2 tsp sumac (optional)
grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, crushed
1-1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil

This salad is only worth making when tomatoes are in season and full of flavour. It should be acidic and tangy, and will taste amazing alongside a piece of slightly charred meat from the barbecue. Serves four.

Method :
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3. Spread out the bread on a roasting tray, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with some flaky salt. Bake for 20 minutes until crispy and golden, then leave to cool. Mix all the other salad ingredients and adjust the seasoning to taste. Just before serving, mix in the toasted bread, using your hands.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), for this week's theme, "October Potluck".

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and "Souper Sundays" @ Kahakai Kitchen"


  1. Joyce, your salad is so colourful and attractive! It sure looks very appetizing. I have never had salad with toasted bread tossed in it. Must really try this delicious salad one day!

  2. Oh .. I've made simple garlic toast bread salad before .... Your colourful and zesty salad surely appetizing and yummy-licious !

  3. yeah, i remember you made a lot of YO recipes in the past. Toss with hands?? hmm...never seen that before perhaps YO find this method better to get all ingredients incorporated more properly!..:D

  4. I love bread salad. This looks like a perfect lunch for me. Thanks for sharing, Joyce.

  5. Joyce! I could hear the crunching sounds coming from your mouth :D

  6. Hi Joyce, love this bread salad. Healthy and also good for snacking. Have a great day and regards :)

  7. i love bread salad. It is a great mix of textures and flavors.

  8. I love everything about this salad--especially the sumac and the homemade croutons. Yum!
    Ottolenghi definitely knows his salads.

    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too! ;-)

  9. After seeing this recipe, I look up who's YO. His recipes are quite exquisite!

  10. You're so right! this is a salad for high summer when all those tomatoes and cucumbers are so plentiful! Looks wonderful!

  11. Your salad does sound like it's perfectly zesty and delicious! And I love the addition of sumac making it even zestier and more delicious!

  12. I am sure, I'd love this bread salad. And there is nothing better to use homemade bread for it.

  13. Your seriously zesty bread salad looks seriously good, Joyce. We planted our tomatoes in the garden last weekend, so I can't wait for them to start producing to make lots of salads like this. I love the inclusion on the sumac - that's the magic ingredient that really sets it apart.

  14. You won me over when you mentioned a sprinkling of sumac. I love sumac and haven't used it since we cooked with Ottolenghi (which feels like way too long ago). A beautiful, fresh, and vibrant salad!!