Summer Bread Salad with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese (MACSAC)

This is one of my favorite summertime recipes.  It comes from the A-Z cookbook from the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) which is a fantastic resource for using all that fresh produce from your garden or local farmers market.

A-Z Cookbook from MACSAC Summer Bread Salad with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

1  1/2 – 2 cups chopped baby zucchini
1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped sweet or green onion
1/4 cup chopped imported olives (black or green)
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3  Tablespoons wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
5-6 cups firm textured bread cubes (sourdough, pita, etc), dried or
toasted

Toss all ingredients except bread in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature to develop flavor, tossing occasionally, 1/2 to 1 hour. Toss in bread just before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.

A couple of tips:

– I usually make a double portion of this – it moves quickly! Only put the bread into the portion that you’re going to serve immediately though -it gets pretty soggy overnight otherwise.

– I like the flavor of good balsamic vinegar so I will generally replace one of the tablespoons of wine vinegar with a tablespoon of balsamic.

– This is a great way to use the summer squash that inevitably takes over a garden. The key for this recipe though is to use them when they’re small and not bitter.


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8 responses to “Summer Bread Salad with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese (MACSAC)”

  1. Tammy McLeod says :

    I’ve heard of this but never made it. Thanks for the recipe. I’m looking for anything that will help use up those squash that are taking over!

  2. pinchofthis says :

    Hi Tammy. Thanks for reading.
    I hear you about the summer squash taking over, sometimes I can’t keep up with them before they get too large. I remember a 365 zucchini recipes cookbook from when I was younger that I’d love to get my hands on again.

  3. Unearthing This Life says :

    This sounds so yummy! I think I may have to try it over the weekend!

  4. alayne says :

    Just stopped in from NDIN. That sounds great! I love that recipe book to!! It’s so helpful.

    • pinchofthis says :

      Thanks for stopping by ladies. The recipe swap was a great idea!
      @Alayne – Also, thanks for the veggie burger recipe – I keep trying to comment, but it doesn’t seem to be posting. 😦

  5. TheSpectrum says :

    OMG This recipe sounds like AMAZEBALLS.

  6. Sarah C. says :

    One of the ladies of our Bastille Day meet up *just* loaned me this cookbook! Thanks for recipe recommendation! I will certainly have to try it out-we got 4 zucchini this week!

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