Monday, June 13, 2011

Fun Monday - the potluck version

Our hostess this week is Sayre, the smiling one. She would like to know" What is your favorite cook-out food and/or recipe? OR What special dish are you known for at gatherings of family or friends?" This is a new favorite potluck recipe for me. I have made it twice in the last two weeks after finding it at "A Taste of Home". I grew up in California and spent a lot of time in family owned Italian restaurants. This tastes like summer to me, and also reminds me of the tomatoes my mom used to get. Enjoy!


  • 3/4 pound sourdough bread, cubed (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 8 medium), chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 1 cup thinly sliced roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  • In a large bowl, toss bread with oil and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, beans, artichokes, peppers, basil, onion, olives, capers and bread.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Recipe and photo courtesy of "A Taste of Home".

PS: I did use fresh basil but dried spices for the oregano, etc. Also, I added browned Italian sausage (out of the casing) to make it a main dish for church on Sunday. It was VERY good!


Richard said...

Sounds good. But for some reason the directions were lined out.

Sayre said...

That sounds like something my husband would devour by the bowlful! He was pleasantly surprised by the number of salads at our covered-dish. He's definitely a salad guy! I might make this for him just for the heck of it.

~KaThY~ said...

Are you just messing with us with all the dots in the directions ? Thanks for the birthday wish.

bichonpawz said...

This one does sound really good!! A very nice summer recipe!!

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