Ripe Tomato Bread Salad

Love this seasonal treat!  When Tomato season is in full swing, or with end of season Harvest, often you find tomatoes that are overripe.  It is also very easy to have some stale bread in the house. There seems to always be left over French Bread that dries out.  Combine these two and the sweetest, juiciest salad is born.

You will need three or four vine ripened tomatoes; cubed stale bread; three ribs of celery, diced; diced red onion; cubed cucumber; sliced green olives; shredded Parmesan Cheese; and Italian Parsley.

Combine three or four over ripe tomatoes, the really juicy ones, with cubed stale bread (French or Sourdough).  Allow the ripe Tomatoes to drain there juices over the bread. Mash together to moisten the bread.  Add the celery, cucumber, olives and red onion. Drizzle with EVOO. Stir together. Allow to sit in Fridge for about an hour in order for the juices of the tomatoes to meld with the bread.  Serve with garnish of Italian Parsley and shredded Parmesan Cheese.  Enjoy!   

Tomato Bread Salad

Deena Spellman

A Texas State graduate with a B.S. in Botany and an Associate Degree in Horticulture, Deena Spellman recently celebrated her 21st anniversary as a professional in the field of gardening. She operates Bastrop Botanical Gardens which includes a Labyrinth registered in the United Kingdom Registry, a landscape company, Heirloom Tea Room, and a nursery. All are open by scheduled appointment where she especially enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge with small groups of like-minded gardeners.