This salad is a great way to use up leftover or slightly stale bread. The original is typically made with red wine vinegar and the saltless bread found throughout Tuscany. Our version has a light lemon vinaigrette and cucumbers for an added dimension and some crunch.
What to buy: Pull out your best extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe, as the quality becomes apparent after the first bite.
Game plan: This dish gets better the longer the flavors are allowed to infuse, so you can make it up to a day in advance.
For the salad:
Beverage pairing: Fernleaf Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. The brisk lime, lemon, and grassy herbaceousness of this Sauvignon Blanc are a good match with the sharp notes of lemon, basil, onion, and tomato in the salad, while the wine’s lively acidity and energy will favorably contrast with the soft bread.