Bread Salad Recipe with Ideas from Italy

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Italian Bread Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

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My bread salad recipe is on the program today and I have come up with something special for you.

Simply combine crispy fried bread cubes with blanched beans or asparagus with shrimp.

In the article you will find many tips and ideas for your new favorite Italian salad.

Good succeed!

1. Recipe Bread Salad

Here are the instructions, feel free to leave a cooking question or kitchen gossip at the end of the page using the comment function.

Italian Bread Salad

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 566
Total Time 30 Min.

Simple guide to prepare bread salad in variants.

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Italian Bread Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Preparation Time

10 Min.

Ingredients

Italian salad dressing

20 ml white vine vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
10 ml Water
5 Pinches brown can sugar
2 Pinches primal salt
2 Pinches black ground pepper

to toast to bread

1 tbsp Olive oil
200 g toast bread
20 g butter
1 tsp fresh thyme
salt, pepper

Additions to the salad

200 g fine green beans (or asparagus)
150 g prawns
100 g arugula (or alternatively other lettuce)

Instruction

salad dressing
A fine dressing makes the salad delicious! Taste the dressing with sugar sweet and sour. © Food photographer Thomas Sixt

Prepare dressing

Mix vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar until the spices have dissolved.

Slowly add olive oil and water and stir vigorously.

This creates a creamy salad dressing.

Alternatively, you can prepare the salad marinade in a shaker with the hand blender.

Clean fresh green beans
Clean the beans, cut off the ends.

Cleaning beans

Cut off the ends of the beans with a knife.

Blanch beans in boiling water.
Blanch beans.

Prepare beans

Cook the beans in boiling salted water until al dente.

Then cool quickly in ice water, drain and set aside in a bowl.

Add the dressing and let the beans marinate.

Fry the bread cubes in butter until crispy.
Bread cubes for croutons in a pan with foamed butter.

Fry Bread

Cut white bread into cubes.

Fry the bread cubes in a pan with butter and olive oil until crispy.

Season to taste with salt, pepper and thyme.

Raw prawns
remove the intestines from raw prawns

Prepare prawns

Remove the prawns from the shell and remove the intestines from the curved top.

Dry the prawns several times with kitchen paper.

Fry prawns
prawns when seared

Fry prawns

Sear the prawns on both sides in a hot pan.

Season with salt and pepper.

Prawns and beans in the salad marinade, tasty and shiny with flavor.
prawns and beans can be marinated a little longer. The bread is added just before serving. This is called soak protection!

Marinate lettuce

Add the lukewarm, fried shrimp to the beans and marinate.

Quickly fold half of the bread cubes into the salad and arrange on plates.

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Italian Bread Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Arrange and serve

Add the remaining bread cubes and decorate attractively.

Serve quickly! I wish you a good appetite!

You can add and refine the Italian bread salad with fried fennel and zucchini, dried or fresh tomatoes, artichokes from a jar and freshly roasted almonds.

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2. Calories (kcal) and Nutritional Values

3. Variants Tips for Bread Salad

Here I introduce you to some ingredients, that makes things clear and clear.

This bread salad is Italian-Mediterranean and perfect for when your friends are over!

Tip from chef Thomas Sixt

Green beans are the basis for this salad, depending on the season, you could also prepare this salad with asparagus.

Asparagus peeled, green
Peeled green asparagus
Blanch beans in boiling water.
Blanch beans.

Shrimp are the second ingredient. Please get gray, uncooked shrimp, you can then fry them deliciously.

If you want it to go faster, I recommend tuna as an accompaniment.

raw peeled shrimp
The raw, peeled shrimp on a board.
Tuna fillet from the jar.
Tuna fillet from the jar.

For bread, I recommend an Italian white bread.

I briefly toast the bread slices or bread cubes in the pan.

Thyme and garlic as well as olive oil or butter make the bread really crunchy.

You can buy pesto specialties or prepare them yourself. We recommend wild garlic pesto in spring, basil pesto or carrot pesto can be prepared all year round.

Roasted bread cubes taste more aromatic when seasoned with thyme and garlic!

Ingredients tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Fry the bread cubes in butter until crispy.
Bread cubes for croutons in a pan with foamed butter.
Make your own pesto in a jar photographed from above.
Homemade pesto in a jar. Recipe picture © Thomas Sixt

4. Dressing Ideas for Bread Salad

Here you will find two variants for delicious and suitable salad marinade.

Simple dressing

Most of the time I always prepare a whole glass with salad dressing.

This is practical because the dressing is then ready to hand in the fridge.

You can use a washed cucumber jar to mix the dressing, here is the overview:

This is a simple dressing, you can add finely chopped garlic (1/4 clove) and/or hot Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon) and refine your salad marinade individually.

Prepare the dressing or marinade for your bread salad first!

Order of preparation Tip from chef Thomas Sixt

Dressing with wow effect

For a special dressing, get an old balsamic or cook a young balsamic into a balsamic ice cream.

After arranging the ingredients, you skillfully pull the ice cream over the salad.

You should at least marinate the beans in advance with some vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar and olive oil.

salad dressing
A fine dressing makes the salad delicious! Taste the dressing with sugar sweet and sour. © Food photographer Thomas Sixt
Balsamic sauce or balsamic ice cream in a pot
Balsamic while boiling in a pot. reduced balsamic is a balsamic ice cream or balsamic sauce.

5. Tip: Only Fold in the Bread Shortly Before Serving

The bread cubes soften relatively quickly in the marinade.

So I marinate all the other ingredients first.

The prepared bread cubes are added at the end, just before serving.

I also always keep half of the bread cubes and put them on the prepared salad.

The guests or family should sit at the table when you marinate the salad, because the bread salad only tastes good when it is freshly prepared.

Fold the crusty bread into the salad just before serving

Crispy guaranteed tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Prawns and beans in the salad marinade, tasty and shiny with flavor.
Shrimp and beans can be marinated a little longer. The bread is added just before serving. This is called soak protection!

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  • This combination in the bread salad was new to me. 🙂 my family loves the version with arugula and tomatoes, some vinegar and whatnot… but with the shrimp and beans it was a great change!

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    • Thank you for your praise!
      Kind regards Thomas

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  • Hi Thomas,

    Great Salad 🙂

    Very tasty, tried it yesterday, turned out fine. Thanks!

    BR Roth

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    • Hi!

      Thanks very much! I hope you prepare the salad more often 🙂 Kind regards Thomas

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  • Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for Sharing this great idea 🙂

    I tried your bread salad with beans and shrimp yesterday.

    I had added some bread cubes from a chiabatta without a crispy effect.

    It tasted great, absolutely delicious! Thanks very much! LG Indrit

    Reply

    • Hello Indrit,

      Merci And thank you very much for your positive feedback.

      Without Roasting is also fine or a a little roasting on one side…

      Your Feedback makes me happy!

      In fact, the mixture of fried and fresh bread is fine…

      Kind regards and continued success, Thomas

      Reply