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Crispy Crouton Salad

Nothing says “summer“ at our house like this unique salad! It’s also a great way to use up fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden. I’ve brought it to many women’s luncheons at church, and it’s still a much-requested favorite. --LaNae Sanchez, Canyon Country, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups cubed Italian bread
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white or brown balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Place bread cubes in a single layer in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, yellow pepper and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with croutons.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 205 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • jsmatt
    Jun 10, 2013

    it is so good. I make it all the time. I use croutons instead of baked bread to speed it up.

  • katlaydee3
    Aug 19, 2012

    This is a delicious salad. I made it for a family dinner and everyone liked it.

  • cwbuff
    Jun 12, 2011

    This was easy and good, but the dressing lacked something. Next time I make it I'm going to use white balsamic vinegar instead of brown, and garlic powder instead of minced garlic and see how it comes out. Also I will try adding the basil to the dressing, perhaps the night before to let the flavors blend.

  • Ann Kashian
    Oct 22, 2010

    My family loves this as a side dish to some of our Italian dinners! It's quick & easy to make.