My Bread Salad Days


There is something about the Los Angeles Times that I just love. The layout. The content. And it has an amazing food section! I was so happy to be featured in the LA Times’ Daily Dish.

LA Times' Daily Dish - Bacon and Souffle

Yes, my bread salad tasted quite delicious! I served it at dinner with Chicken Marbella (a previous post) and the combination was great.

Bread Salad

Bread Salad
from LA Times
Serves 6

  • 1/3lb stale ciabatta
  • 1lb tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp of toasted pine nuts
  • 3oz of arugula


  1. Tear bread into pieces and put them in a bowl with water to cover. Soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Cut cherry tomatoes in halves and place them in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Set aside for 15 minutes to allow salt to pull juice from tomatoes.
  3. Squeeze as much water out from the bread as possible. Crumble bread into a serving bowl. Stir tomato mixture into the bread, working the mixture to moisten as much of the bread as possible with the tomatoes. Stir in the red onion.
  4. When ready to serve, add more salt or vinegar to taste. Add pine nuts and arugula to bread salad and toss lightly to mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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13 comments for “My Bread Salad Days

  1. John
    September 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    This is awesome!! Congrats Jess! With all the hard work you put into your cooking and blog, don't be surprised if you are published many more times down the road.

  2. Junia
    September 24, 2011 at 4:53 am

    whoohoo for being published! 😀 you have such schmancy meals, its about time its discovered. 🙂 i've never ever had bread salad before…!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Jessica!!!!!!!!!!! You were on the major news paper! This is really really cool (and you can frame it!). I just looked at the ingredients and so simple yet I've never prepared salad with chibatta bread. Very unique but we can easily follow. Thanks for the recipe and congrats again!

  4. Wok with Ray
    September 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Oh wow, Jessica! This is amazing! LA Times? WOW!!! Okay, sorry if I yelled the wow there. I got excited and amazed on your accomplishment here young lady! Congratulations! Nice looking salad! 🙂

  5. BestOodles
    September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Congratulation Jessica in LA Times! This is big and amazing accomplishment!

  6. tori
    September 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Congratulations- both on the Times and on a stonkingly fabulous site. I've just lost a good hour to trawling through your archive. I love the way you write…

  7. Tina
    September 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    My parents have lived all over the US and she swears that the LA times has the best food section!
    I look at it on line all the time and it is pretty awesome. Congratulations-you must be so proud, but the recognition by them is well deserved!

  8. tigerfish
    September 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats on the feature!

  9. Reem | Simply Reem
    September 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This is awesome and you deserve it Jessica.
    Enjoy my dear!!!!

  10. Cheap Ethnic Eatz
    September 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Wow that is so cool being published like that, congrats. What an interesting salads too, who would have thought to put bread IN the salad!

  11. Jay
    September 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    looks hearty n delicious..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  12. Peggy
    September 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh congrats girl! You're big time =) But of course, we all knew that anyway!

  13. Priscilla - She's Cookin'
    October 3, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I get the times and saw your feature – congrats! Watch for mine – I did Travis Lett's Kale Salad 🙂

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