The Anti-Atkins Salad

Bread. Could there be anything more wonderful than bread? I large loaf of carbs that is a comfort food for so many. Warm, cold, dry, or slathered in butter, bread is just one of the most wonderful creations in my book.

My favorite bread is a kind we get from the bakery section of our local grocery, the Garlic Peppercorn Loaf. It’s rustic bread with whole cloves of garlic and pepper baked in. It is a fresh baked dream in a loaf. In my house we serve it on the side every time we grill…or make Italian…or eat any protein for that matter.

We had it last week with our dinner. I usually serve half and freeze the other half. It reheats very well. This particular night I made the mistake of leaving it out. The next day it was hard as The Rock. Yes, the wrestler. He’s pretty hard.

I was grief stricken. How could I have been so careless to leave this bread out all night to suffocate it?! I couldn’t possibly throw my favorite bread away. I tried a piece to see if there was any hope for this loaf. I gnawed on it, lost a couple of teeth, and swallowed it with a cartoon-like gulp. Not good. My eyes desperately darted around the kitchen. I spotted some hearty heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market, I knew what my destiny was.

Garlic Peppercorn Bread and Heirloom Tomato Salad

3 c Very Crusty Stale Bread

3 large Heirloom tomatoes

1/3 c Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 c Fresh Basil, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a small bowl, mix Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar quickly with a fork. In a large bowl, mix Tomatoes, Basil and Bread. Drizzle oil and vinegar on bread and tomatoes and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Simple flavors that satisfy your craving for carbs. You can feel no guilt about it though, because the recipe has the word “salad” in it!

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