Bread & Tomato Salad

Summer 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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When it's too hot to cook, just step outside and gather tomatoes and basil from your garden, cut up some day-old country bread and make this flavorful, easy salad, our take on the classic Italian bread salad known as panzanella.

"Surprisingly really refreshing. I only could eat one serving, because my sardines were so rich, but so good! "
Bread & Tomato Salad

Makes: 6 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups diced seeded tomatoes, (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cups cubed whole-wheat country bread, (5 ounces), crusts removed
  • 1/4 cup thinly slivered red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 4 4-1/2-ounce cans sardines, (see Ingredient note), optional


  1. Whisk oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, bread, onion, basil and capers. Toss to combine. Let the salad sit for about 5 minutes to allow it to absorb the dressing's flavors, stirring occasionally. Serve at room temperature.

Tips & Notes

  • Ingredient Note: Our test kitchen is fond of Bela brand sardines from Olhao, Portugal. They are firm, lightly smoked and succulent.


Per serving: 168 calories; 17 g fat (2 g sat, 9 g mono); 107 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 3 g fiber; 657 mg sodium; 666 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 11/2 fat (mono)

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