Garlic Toast Chopped Salad has it all - lots of texture, loads of flavor and is substantial enough for a meal. Don't be intimidated by all the steps - it's super easy to make. Just read through the recipe completely.
4 slices Italian breadI used Turano Pane Turano Authentic Italian Bread
red bibb lettuce or Boston lettuceleaves separated and washed
1cupgrape or cherry tomatoeshalved
1lemoncut in half
¼cuptoasted pine nutsI buy these already toasted at Trader Joe's
¼cupchopped red onion
⅓ cupolive oil
olive oilfor drizzling on bread
½ cupParmesan cheesegrated
Preheat oven to 400º. Place prosciutto on parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp watching it at the 8 min mark. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet until ready to use.
Meanwhile, blend salad dressing ingredients except the olive oil. Mix them up in a jelly jar or glass measuring cup and stream in olive oil while whisking vigorously. Also can hold the handle of a whisk between the palms of your hands and vigorously twisting it back and forth.
Stack the washed and dried lettuce leaves and thinly slice down the stacks to create shreds. Wash and dry the tomatoes and cut in half. Finely chop the red onion. Set aside.
Heat the broiler to high.
Mix the bread spread ingredients together and set aside briefly.
Lightly drizzle or brush olive oil on one side of bread and broil that side only for 1 min till golden. Flip over and spread bread spread evenly on the other side. Broil again, but this time at 475 degrees if your broiler has that option. Otherwise use the low or high broil setting and keep an eye on it!
When the cheese is golden on top and the edges are nice and toasted, remove the bread from the oven and cool until ready to assemble the salad. The bread can be made about 30 minutes before eating if needed and is great at room temperature.
To Assemble the Salad
Layer the salad as follows:Place a piece of bread across the plate. Top with the 1-2 slices of prosciutto. Sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top and accent with the tomatoes, cheese and red onions. Drizzle dressing over top at this point. Top with pine nuts and a squeeze of lemon
Make ahead instructions:
The dressing can be made ahead for up to 1 week
You can prepare both the prosciutto and the garlic toast the bread earlier in the day, cool completely, and store in separate ziplocs and reheat right before assembling the salad.