It's the traditional end of the school year barbecue party of IC's class this afternoon.
I planned to bring a cake and a salad. The cake I baked yesterday, after picking up more red currants, gooseberries and cherries from our backyard garden. (I will share the recipe later.)
I wanted to bring a green salad but my girls said it's boring, so I have to think of a not-boring salad to make.
I used a baguette in this Bread and Tomato Salad
Then this morning, I realized my husband would be out almost the whole day, meaning, he would be having the car most of the day, meaning, no chance to grocery shop. I could walk, yeah, but the girls have friends over and they wanted to play in the inflatable pool. No way I would leave them alone!
But I have tomatoes, rucola and some herbs in the garden. What could I do? I searched the internet for a simple no-cook salad recipe and found this. Only I don't have any country-style bread, nor do I have arugula and basil (the snails loved our basil so much our basil patch didn't survive!). Good thing I found great alternatives: rucola and chives!
So here goes our newly-discovered salad: Focaccia Bread and Tomato Salad
6 pcs. medium tomatoes, cut into small wedges 300 g lightly toasted and cut into bite-size pieces Focaccia Bread (I used the Cucina Focaccia Bread that I brought from Aldi) 1 cup chopped rucola some chopped chives 1/4 chopped onion ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp red balsamic cream 1/2 clove garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Focaccia and Tomato Salad
Preparation: 1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, bread, rucola, chives, and onions.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, balsamic, and garlic; then drizzle dressing over salad. Season with salt and pepper. Toss and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.