Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad in a wood bowl

Think of this salad as a tomato sandwich in a bowl. Bread, tomatoes, and oil are the stars, and you can improvise from there.

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How To Make a Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Plan for roughly one part toasted bread, one part tomatoes, any optional additions you want, and a vinaigrette. On this late summer day, I added sweet bell pepper, a bit of fresh basil, a few leaves of lettuce, small chunks of cheddar cheese, and some pumpkin seeds. Seeds or nuts add snap, but some people may prefer the texture of the buttery croutons and juicy tomatoes without any additional crunch.

Artisan bread is delicious in a tomato salad, but you can use what you have on hand. I usually use my favorite rye sandwich bread. Heirloom tomatoes work well because they are juicy, but cherry tomatoes, or a combination of tomatoes, work too.


You can toast the bread in the oven or toaster, but my preferred method is my Everyday Stovetop Croutons. 


If you don’t have a vinaigrette on hand, I recommend mixing up my Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette. 


Ingredients (serves 3-4)

3 cups tomatoes, chopped

3 slices of bread, toasted with butter 

flaky salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


Optional additions

sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced

carrot, grated

fresh basil, thinly sliced

salad greens, torn

pumpkin or sunflower seeds

nuts, lightly roasted

sharp cheddar cheese, small cubes 

mozzarella cheese, small pieces

red onion, thinly sliced


Wash tomatoes and chop them into bite-sized pieces using a bread knife. Make soft toasted croutons using this recipe. Add additional ingredients if using. Drizzle with a vinaigretteSeason with salt and pepper. Toss and serve immediately. 


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