• a loaf of stale bread
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 6 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 handfuls of basil torn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbl maple syrup
  • pinch of salt and pepper

the day before a week to the beach means many things…

1. there is a lot of packing for 4 people
2. need to pack the dogs for a mini vacation with their favorite person
3. make sure the garbage is out and the covers are on tight because we have many overnight visitors who like to knock down garbage cans and eat whatever might be inside.
4. take note the only food left in the house is milk and stale bread…
5. water the garden and pick all those tomatoes, oh we have tomatoes too.
6. take note again, there is a lot of basil out there, make pesto when return.

so it’s the day before vacation, see 4, 5 and 6. tomato soup with croutons? nah. gazpacho? eh…

there is a couple other things you can do with stale bread other then crountons…stick it in the oven and pray it softens because it’s only been stale for a day or so (maybe 2-3), compost it, make salad. salad seems like a great option.

sweet tomatoes, fresh basil, a simple vinaigrette. what’s summer with out a simple salad of bread and tomatoes?

bread and tomato salad with a simple vinaigrette

  1. cut stale bread and tomatoes into bite size pieces, slice shallots, and tear basil into pieces. add to a mixing bowl and toss gently.
  2. in a jar or in a bowl, add oil, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper. shake or whisk till combined. taste, adjust seasoning.
  3. pour half the dressing into the salad and toss. taste,  add more to your liking.

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