June 29th, 2012

Chad has a crazy, crazy food dislike: tomatoes. 

I don’t understand it.  He’s ok with pizza, he’s ok with pasta sauce, but put a sliced tomato on anything?  Yuck.  He literally pulls them to the side, and I pick them off his plate.

Because to me, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous, bright, colorful summer tomato — I could eat nothing else all day.  The only thing that’s even better?  This gorgeous tomato-bread salad, tossed with a little oil, vinegar and some fresh basil.  Beautiful enough for a restaurant, simple enough for a weeknight dinner.  Does it get any better than that? 



2 pints cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow, cut in half
4 cups crusty bread (sourdough or french), cut into chunks the same size as the tomatoes
25 stems of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel
Fresh ground pepper


Toast the bread for about 3 minutes, until just crispy on the outside.  Mix everything together and let marinate, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Serve.

Tags: appetizers · food · salads · side dishes

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miss Betty Boop // Jun 29, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I agree!!!! This is one of the best recipies ever 😀

  • 2 Rosemaryandthegoat // Jun 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Beautiful. Anything with crusty bread croutons has to be good laying here a TOH two days after knee replacement andcantwait to get back to cooking. I will make this salad or help my husband when I get home.

  • 3 Lindsey // Jun 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    My husband is the same way! I don’t understand it either! Gorgeous tomatoes! Making me hungry!

  • 4 Uunisepät // Jun 30, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Enjoyed every bit of your article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  • 5 Shasie // Jun 30, 2012 at 2:50 am

    That’s how my sister is with cheese. She’ll eat some dishes with cheese in it, but won’t eat a slice of it, or a grilled cheese sandwich…weird!

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  • 6 Tereza // Jun 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hi, first time here and loving.
    Did you know that tomato and its derivatives such as sauces, juices, among others, used to prepare delicious recipes, reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including prostate?
    I love tomatoes, and your panzanella looks delicious.
    Hugs from Brasil.

  • 7 Jessica // Jul 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Looks delish! My bf dislikes tomatoes too… so I have to sneak them in to dishes in creative ways!

  • 8 Esthetician Los Angeles // Jul 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Those tomatoes look very good!  I love them and I believe it really is beneficial to our skin and body.  Lycopene has lots of benefits for out body inside and out.  Do you remove the seeds when you eat them?

  • 9 Stacy // Jul 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I have a son with the exact tomato aversion! Will eat sauce, etc. He told me that tomatoes remind him of something still in the larval stage. He is precocious! Since we are Greco-Italian this is just horrifying! Lol!

  • 10 Melissa // Jul 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I am the same way.  I know they’re good for me but I just can’t stand the texture of a whole tomato especially around the seeds haha.  I wish I could get over it.

  • 11 julie @ the semi-reformed nerd // Jul 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I’m totally the same way too. I can’t stand raw tomatoes! I can throw them in the oven and roast them, broil them with cheese… spaghetti sauce… you name it. But raw? They taste like dirt. I promise! 🙂

    But they *are* pretty – especially in the summer. It’s a foodie thing, I think. 🙂

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