Tomato Basil & Bacon Salad Recipe

Step 1

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add garlic clove and bread cubes. Toss over medium-high heat, turning frequently until bread cubes are browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Discard garlic.

Step 2

Fry bacon in same skillet until crisp. Remove and drain, then crumble.

Step 3

Core and dice tomato. Arrange in high pile on dinner plate. Top with basil and cheese. Sprinkle with bacon. Season generously with pepper.

Step 4

Whisk together basil-flavoured oil and vinegar in cup. Pour over salad. Sprinkle with bread cubes.

Note: Basil-flavoured olive oil is available in most fourmet food stores. If not, it is easy to make. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil into a cup. Add 2 or 3 minced basil leaves. Press with back of spoon to extract basil flavour from herb. Set aside 30 minutes. Use oil and discard basil. If desired, use plain, extra-virgin olive oil in the recipe instead.

Submitted By ARLENE@TARANTO.COM On SAT, 5 AUG 1995 181715 GMT

Things You'll Need

  • 1tb Olive oil
  • 1 Garlic clove, smashed
  • 1sl Good-quality white bread,
  • Cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 Bacon strips
  • 1lg Beefsteak tomato
  • 1/2c Chopped basil
  • 2oz (1/2 cup) diced mozzarella
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tb Basil-flavoured olive oil
  • (see note in directions)
  • 1 1/2ts Sherry or red wine vinegar

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