Tasty tuscan vegetable salad

Tasty tuscan vegetable salad

The Tuscan vegetable salad consists of fresh vegetables combined with either stale bread or croutons. This salad is incredibly tasty, making it easy to devour a whole plate without hesitation.

The vegetables release a lot of juice, which is then mixed with vinegar, olive oil, and absorbed by the stale bread. It serves as a fantastic standalone dish for a light dinner or as a complement to meat, poultry, or fish during lunch. If there is no stale bread available, simply dry a few slices of white bread in the oven or toaster.

Ingredients for Tuscan vegetable salad

2 fleshy red tomatoes;
1 yellow bell pepper;
1 sweet salad onion;
a small bunch of green basil and parsley;
2 cloves of garlic;
1/3 cup walnuts;
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar;
1/2 hot pepper;
3 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil;
2 thick slices of toast bread;
black pepper and sea salt to taste.

How to prepare Tuscan vegetable salad

Cut the ripe red tomatoes into large cubes. Combine the ingredients in a spacious bowl for ease of preparation.

Slice the bell pepper and discard the seeds. Wash the pepper halves under running water. Dice the flesh and incorporate it with the tomatoes.

Slice the sweet salad onion into thin half rings. Mix the onions with the peppers and tomatoes. For extra flavor and texture, consider including fresh cucumbers and celery stalks.

Dice a small bundle of fresh basil and parsley into fine pieces. Use a knife to chop the walnuts or crush them in a mortar. Combine the chopped greens and nuts with the remaining salad ingredients. In Italy, pine nuts are commonly used; if you can afford it, experiment with cooking using pine nuts.

Drizzle white wine vinegar over the mixture. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to your liking.

Remove the seeds from half of a spicy pepper pod. Finely chop the pepper and garlic, then transfer them to a mortar. Sprinkle a pinch of coarse salt as an abrasive, grind the pepper and garlic into a paste, and add it to the bowl.

Pour in the delectable extra virgin olive oil of the EXTRA VIRGIN variety. Combine the salad thoroughly. If you happen to be preparing a dish during the winter or early spring months when garden vegetables are scarce, consider adding a touch of honey or a teaspoon of sugar to elevate the flavor profile and harmonize the sweet and savory elements.

Tear the old bread into chunks and incorporate it into the bowl. Alternatively, you can toast the slices in a toaster until they turn a golden brown hue and then cut them into cubes. If the bread has hardened to the point where it’s challenging to slice, try soaking it in a mixture of wine vinegar, water, and olive oil, a technique commonly used by Italians.

Blend the vegetables and bread together thoroughly. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the stale bread to absorb the juices and soften.

Before serving, you can sprinkle with croutons or croutons to create different textures.

Serve Tuscan vegetable salad with boiled meat, chicken or fish. Delicious and just like that. Bon appetit!