This meal-size salad has garlicky, toasted, homemade bread croutons in it. And crunchy, toasted almonds. Plus protein-rich chickpeas and some creamy, garlic-seasoned cheese.
To be honest, I'm not sure how it is that I've been blogging about food this long, and still have yet to share the Moroccan Bread Salad recipe. It kind of feels like I've been hiding something from you.
I spotted the Moroccan Bread Salad in a Rachael Ray Magazine when Adam and I first got married. We had just entered the new world of "cooking," and were quickly turning into recipe-hungry cooking machines. Everything was so new and exciting--and I mean everything. Neither one of us had ever purchased or used cumin before. I had never even heard of cumin.
So I bought my first bottle of cumin, made this recipe, and instantly knew it was a keeper. We often feature it when we have friends over for dinner; we even made a bowl-ful for Christmas dinner at Adam's parents' house once.
Make it. Eat it. Love it.
And forgive me for holding this one back for so long.
Moroccan Bread Salad
This recipe is quite simple to throw together--you can prep most of the ingredients while the seasoned bread cubes are toasting. And, while purchasing a hearty loaf of peasant bread is perfectly acceptable, isn't it so much more fun to use a loaf of homemade bread?
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- One 1 lb. peasant loaf, torn into 1 inch pieces
- salt and pepper
- 4 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 4 oz. Swiss or seasoned Havarti cheese, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, the garlic and cumin. Add the bread and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until toasted, tossing occasionally (it took about 12 - 14 minutes for mine to toast).
3) Meanwhile, mix the celery, chickpeas, cheese, almonds, vinegar, and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in the same bowl. Add the bread and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.