A New Year’s Day Bread Salad!

Every New Year’s Eve we have a nice meal of cheese, fruit, pate and smoked salmon. I buy baguettes – two, to make sure we have enough. There is often at least a half of a baguette left over. Since French bread goes stale after a day, the ideal thing to do with it is to make a bread salad. Today I used several things I had laying around, and it made a very nice salad indeed.

1 large tomato

1/2 medium onion

1 tin of rolled anchovies with capers

3 T chopped rajas*, or chopped green bell pepper1/2 stale baguette, cut into 1″ chunks

1/3 cup vinegrette salad dressing

* rajas are made from roasted, skinned, seeded and julienned poblano chilies. I used them because I had them in the refrigerator, and raw green peppers make me burp. But that’s me. 

Cut the tomato in half and squeeze each half onto a paper towel, to remove all the seeds and excess juice. Cut the tomato halves into chunks. Peel and thinly slice the half onion. Remove the rolled anchovies from their tin, and pat them dry with paper towels (or use 10 flat anchovies and 10 capers). Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to mix thoroughly. Serve at once, before the bread gets too soggy.

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