Zesty lemon juices mingle with those of the sweet tomatoes and soak into the crunchy cubes of bread.
4 firm, ripe medium tomatoes (about 1 lb.), cored and sliced lengthwise
4 slices whole grain bread, toasted and cut into cubes
1/2 cup capers (or substitute caper berries in vinegar), drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt to taste
Step 1: With a mandoline or sharp knife, cut the lemon into paper-thin slices, shaving the slices directly into a large, shallow bowl to catch all the juices.
Step 2: Layer the sliced tomatoes on top of the lemon. Sprinkle with the bread cubes.
Step 3: Scatter the capers and basil on top. Drizzle with the oil and vinegar.
Step 4: Season with salt. Toss to evenly coat the ingredients.
Step 5: Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow flavours to mellow, then serve as a first course or part of a buffet.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Reprinted with permission from Patricia Wells' The Provence Cookbook (2004 Harper Collins Canada).