Use Up Your Leftover Bread in This Delicious Salad

Salad with a pan of fresh croutons
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When it comes to food waste, bread is one of the most commonly thrown-away foods. Whether it’s because we struggle to get through the whole loaf before it goes off, or we buy a fresh loaf having forgotten all about the one stuffed in the bottom of the bread basket, almost all of us have to throw away a baguette, some rolls or a stale loaf every so often. As long as your bread isn’t actually moldy it can always be put to good use—just check out this delicious salad, where the stale bread cubes soak up the fantastic oil-infused dressing!

Ingredients (to serve 4):

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of leftover bread (or a little more or less, depending on the quantity of leftover bread)
  • 1/4 cup of black pitted olives
  • 1 cup of fresh salad leaves of your choice
  • 1 cucumber


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and black pepper.
  2. Finely slice the tomatoes and slice each of the olives in half.
  3. Slice the cucumber in half along its length, then slice each half into thin half-rounds.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the leaves, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, and olives.
  5. Tear the bread into pieces (or slice, depending on your preference). Sprinkle this into the salad bowl.
  6. Dress the salad using the oil dressing, ensuring everything is well mixed and coated.
  7. Serve immediately.