Yield: 6 servings
* 1/4 cup drained capers
* 12 ounces ciabatta or other country-style white bread, 2 to3 days old
* 9 ripe tomatoes (about 2 1/4 pounds total), cored and scored on the bottom
* 2 tablespoons plus 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
* 1 cup drained roasted red bell pepper strips
* 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
* Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish
Soak the capers in 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a small bowl for 10
Cut the crust off of the bread. Cut into 2-inch slices and grill,
drizzling about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on both sides of the bread.
Once grilled, cut or tear bread into 1 inch cubes and set aside.
Submerge the tomatoes into a large saucepan of boiling water for 10
seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to a large bowl
of ice water to cool slightly. Using a small sharp paring knife, peel
off the tomato skins. Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the
seeds. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch cubes and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk 2/3 cup of oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and garlic.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the bread cubes, tomatoes,
and basil; toss to combine.
Transfer half of the bread mixture to a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish.
Arrange half of the roasted peppers, drained capers, and olives over
the bread mixture. Repeat layering with the remaining bread mixture,
then the remaining roasted peppers, capers, and olives. Cover the
salad and let stand at room temperature for flavors to blend, at least
Garnish with the basil sprigs and serve.