Hugh’s 3 simple things in a salad; tomato, bread and olive oil salad

One of the few cookery programs that I really fell in love with last year was Hugh’s 3 good things with chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Each week Hugh and 2 guest chefs competed to win the best recipes using just 3 ingredients and it was this simplicity that really appealed.

Many of the combinations in Hugh’s book are well known … mozzarella, tomato, basil…apple, crumble, custard…egg, bacon, ketchup…. And some are lesser known moments of magic well worth trying…fish, lime, mint…potato, mushrooms, curry….chicken, plums, soy….cabbage, avocado, lentils….to name a few!

Hugh recipe book

This salad is a twist on the classic dish of bruschetta only tipped on its head with the bread forming an integral part of the salad mix rather than being the vehicle for serving the salad.

Ingredients: crusty bread chopped into chunks, a mix of different tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt & pepper for seasoning, garlic (optional)

1. . Place the bread on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the oven at c180C for 10 mins until golden.
2. Roughly chop the tomatoes and basil and mix together in a salad bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. If using the garlic, rub the bowl first with the garlic to add a nice tang to the salad.
3. Add in the bread and toss the salad well and then leave to soften a little before eating.
4. Serve with an extra glug of olive oil and sprinkled basil.

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5 Responses to “Hugh’s 3 simple things in a salad; tomato, bread and olive oil salad”
  1. this looks like a very delicious salad. Reminds me a little of Italian salads, panzanella or Tuscan bread salad.

  2. Charisma says:

    That looks delicious!

  3. chef mimi says:

    This is essentially a panzanella! Beautiful! Probably a very peasant origin, but is find it quite gourmet because of how many things you can do with it. You’re right – it’s like a bruschetta salad!

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