This Tuscan chopped salad recipe is perfect for al fresco dining during the summer months. What sets it aside from traditional salads is that one of the main ingredients is soaked stale bread.

Categories: Sides & Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 0 mins



  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1/2 a ciabatta loaf
  • 6 tbsp Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, deseeded and peeled
  • 2 tbsp shredded basil leaves
  • 50g pitted black olives, halved


  1. Rub the halved garlic clove all over the inside of a large salad bowl. Break the bread into rough chunks, then sprinkle over the oil, vinegar and 2 tbsp water. Toss well and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all the remaining ingredients. Stir the vegetables into the bread and toss well to mix then serve.

Cooks tips

Suitable for vegetarians.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a unique rich fruity flavour and complements the fresh ingredients in all your recipes making it a perfect healthy condiment. This oil is ideal for sauces, marinades, drizzling and dipping.

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