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Tuscan Bean, Tomato and Bread Salad

Tuscan Bean, Tomato and Bread Salad

Tuscan Bean, Tomato and Bread Salad with sourdough or Italian bread and tomatoes, cucumber, onion and beans topped with basil dressing.

Ingredients

4 cups cubed sourdough or Italian bread (3/4-inch cubes)
Vegetable cooking spray (garlic or butter flavored)
2 cups diced tomato
1 cup cubed cucumber
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 15-ounce can Great Northern beans or Pinto beans or 1-1/2 cup cooked dry-packaged Great Northern beans or Pinto beans, rinsed, drained
Salt and pepper, to taste
Basil Dressing (recipe follows)

Directions

Generously spray bread cubes with cooking spray and toss; spray again and toss.

Arrange bread cubes on jelly roll pan; bake at 375-degrees until toasted, about eight to ten minutes. Set aside.

In salad bowl, toss tomato, cucumber, onion and beans with Basil Dressing (below); season with salt and pepper, add toasted bread cubes and toss again. Serve immediately.

Basil Dressing

1 cup packed basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon salt

Process all ingredients in food processor or blender until almost smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Note: Any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup salad with 1/8th cup dressing
Calories: 296; Total Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 494mg; Carbohydrates: 45g; Protein: 12g; Fiber: 1g

Recipe Tips

  • Bread may be prepared one to two days in advance; cool and store in airtight container at room temperature.
  • Basil Dressing can be made one to two days in advance; refrigerate, covered. Any prepared basil or Italian dressing can be substituted.

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