Greek Salad Bruschetta
Bruschetta is a beautiful Italian starter (antipasto), which is often present in a traditional Italian meal. The basic ingredient is the bread, which is cut into slices and grilled until golden brown and crispy. Then, some garlic is rubbed on it's surface and in it's simplest form, the Bruschetta is sprinkled with olive oil.
There are dozens of variation, some include cured meats or cheese, while some others are tasty spreads. In this recipe we suggest a Greek version of this Italian classic, which consists of the main ingredients of the Greek Salad. It's quick and easy to make. Let's start!
- 1 medium sized Baguette (french loaf)
- 1 medium sized (100gr/3.5oz) green bell pepper
- 1 medium sized tomato (250gr/8.8oz)
- 1/2 small sized onion (40gr/1.4oz)
- 6-7 Kalamata olives (30gr/1.1oz)
- 1/3 of a cucumber (120gr/4.2oz)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry oregano
- 100gr/3.5oz feta cheese
- 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves cut in half
Cut the loaf in 15cm (6 inches) long pieces. You will need 3 pieces. Cut each piece in half, lengthwise and put it in a baking dish/pan. The 6 pieces are now ready for grilling.
Remove the seeds from the tomato. Cut the tomato, the onion, the pepper, the cucumber and the feta cheese in small cubes (about 1-2cm/0.5 inch wide) and put them in a bowl. Pit and chop the olives. Add them in the bowl, pour the olive oil, sprinkle with the oregano and a little salt and using a spoon mix the ingredients well. Let the bowl aside, and proceed with the bread:
Put the baking dish/pan in the oven and broil for 3 minutes on the top rack, turn the bread on the other side and continue broiling for another 1-2 minutes. The result should be golden brown bread pieces.
When you remove the bread from the oven, leave it aside for a minute, to allow any moisture created from broiling, to evaporate.
Then rub each piece of bread with half a garlic clove, add about 3 tablespoons of the Greek Salad mixture on top of it and serve. Kali oreksi!
You can also add some rinsed caper seeds in the mixture if you like them.