Tomato Basil & Grilled Bread Salad

Tomato Basil & Grilled Bread Salad

Celebrate the flavors of summer with savory grilled garlic croutons and fresh from the garden tomatoes and basil in this salad recipe.

20 min. prep time
8 servings
252 Ratings


3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
6 (1/2-inch thick) slices Italian or Vienna bread
4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


Heat gas grill on low or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.

Combine melted butter and garlic in bowl. Brush both sides of bread slices with butter mixture.

Place bread onto grill. Grill, turning often, 5 minutes or until crisp and golden. Break grilled bread into small pieces.

Place all remaining ingredients in serving bowl; mix well. Add bread pieces; toss lightly.

Recipe Tip

Traditionally, Italian bread salad is made with stale bread. After the salad is tossed it stands for a while so the bread can soak up the juices. Let this salad stand 10-15 minutes before serving if soft, juicy croutons are desired.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 160

Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 320mg

Carbohydrates: 14g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #13034©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This was really good - especially now while tomatoes are so flavorful and easy to find in the farmer's markets.
Everyone will love this fresh tasting recipe.

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