Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ciabatta Bread Salad

Another recipe curtesy of my good friend, Melissa (check out her blog - Harper Street Treats). I feel super healthy eating this veggie packed, fiber rich salad! And I LOVE how the ciabatta bread soaks up the dressing! My husband and I ate this whole recipe between the two of us (but, it was our entire dinner). It will easily serve four people if you make this as a side dish. This salad is lovely to the eye (full of color!) and has much flavor!

2 cups of fresh ciabatta, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces
1 c. shredded red cabbage (gives great color!)
12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
2T capers
2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach
10 basil leaves, chopped

3T red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all dressing ingredients in a tupperware container with a tight fitting lid. Shake shake shake until well combined.

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Let stand 10 minutes before serving (so the bread can soak up the dressing). Enjoy!

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