Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Feta
Serves: 6 to 8
The Lebanese version of Italy’s bread salad. While traditional recipes call for pita, this version uses artisan bread, grilled and ready to absorb some of the dressing made with reduced pomegranate juice.
- 1 16-ounce bottle pomegranate juice or 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses Add to list
- 4 slices artisan bread, brushed with olive oil and grilled until lightly brown Add to list
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes Add to list
- 1 cup peeled, seeded, cubed cucumber Add to list
- 20 Kalamata olives, pitted, torn in half Add to list
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces Add to list
- 1 cup chopped Italian parsley Add to list
- 1/2 cup chopped mint Add to list
- Juice of 1 lemon or to taste Add to list
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more if needed Add to list
- Salt and pepper to taste Add to list
- 1/3 cup sheep’s milk feta Add to list
In a small saucepan, heat the pomegranate juice over high heat. Reduce the juice by simmering it until it becomes a thickened “molasses." (Skip this step if using bottled pomegranate molasses).
Cut the grilled bread into medium-sized cubes. Mix in a bowl with the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, Romaine, parsley and mint.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the pomegranate “molasses.” Pour over the salad, add salt and pepper to taste, and top with the feta.
Recipe by, PCC Cooks instructor
Source: PCC Sound Consumer, July 2010