Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post
This take on the classic Tuscan bread and tomato salad includes white beans for hearty texture and protein, turning it into a main-course option. Dicing everything into small pieces gives the easy, rustic dish a more elegant spin, and, rather than overwhelming it with heaps of bread, using just enough of a whole-grain loaf to get the juice-sopping effect keeps it lighter and more vegetable-centric.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups cubed crusty whole-grain bread (1/2-inch cubes)
3 cups grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 medium English (seedless) cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch dice
One 15-ounce can no-salt-added small white beans or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced thinly on the diagonal
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 large basil leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet. Add the bread cubes and toss to coat. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until toasted and crisp. Let cool.
Toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, beans, scallions and thyme in a large bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and the vinegar; season with the salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
Fifteen to 20 minutes before serving, add the toasted bread cubes to the bowl. Tear the basil leaves into small pieces, letting them fall into the bowl, then toss to incorporate.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: Calories 300; Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 2g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 430mg; Total Carbohydrates 35g; Dietary Fiber 7g; Protein 10g
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