Italian Bread Salad

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ITALIAN BREAD SALAD                                                                                 serves 8-10

Olive oil

2 loaves of Italian or French bread, cut into thick slices

6-8 ripe tomatoes, sliced

2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

1 small red onion or 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced

24 fresh basil leaves, minced

1/4 C. fresh oregano leaves, minced

1/2 C. olive oil

1/4 C. red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

shredded mozzarella, optional

Brush one side of bread slices with olive oil; place on a baking sheet. Broil 6” from heat until browned. Combine next 6 ingredients and let stand up to 2 hours at room temperature. Arrange toasted bread slices in a large shallow bowl. Spoon vegetable  mixture over bread. Combine remaining ingredients in a jar; cover tightly; shake vigorously. Pour over vegetables and bread; sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

© Being Fruitful, 2012