Saturday, April 9, 2011

Moroccan Bread Salad

Today I'm going to share my all-time favorite dinner salad with you.

Yes, favorite.

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.


  1. I remember when I first heard of cumin - I had no idea what it was! But i bought a small jar and when I opened it I immediately recognized the smell.

  2. I second what Roxan says.. I remember that day too.. cumin, really, that's in South Western and Mexican foods... Indian, etc.... who would have known.

    I love the smell of Marsala too, how about you?

  3. I just saw a recipe for bread salad today- so ironic! I had never even heard of it before! This looks way better than the one I saw :)

  4. I love crusty bread and homemade croutons -- this is so up my alley!

  5. I love the flavors of the middle east, but I've never made a bread salad before (that is embarrassing, my dear!) Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I've grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

  6. Cumin is definitely a favorite of mine! Can't remember when I first heard of it because it's such a common spice around here. Now bread salad is new to me! It sounds amazing though, so I can see how this was an instant hit. :)

  7. This salad looks delicious. It's such fun discovering new foods.

  8. This sounds amazing---I know I would love it!

  9. Croutons are my favorite part of salads :) This one looks like a winner and I love your rave review...definitely a must try! Thank you!

  10. Kylie, this looks so delicious! What a wonderful salad and inspiring idea for a side dish, dinner or lunch. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Salad and bread together? Sounds perfect!
    Great pictures, you have a lovely blog :)