© Quentin Bacon
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 30 MIN
Yield
Serves : 4

This rustic salad, made with toasted bread tossed in a rich Champagne-vinegar dressing, is meant to be a bed on which to serve Judy Rogers’ legendary roast chicken and sop up its delicious juice. Slideshow: Delicious Bread Salads

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, soak the currants in the water and red wine vinegar until plumped, 10 minutes. Drain.

Step 2    

In another small bowl, combine the Champagne vinegar with the 1/2 cup of olive oil and season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Step 3    

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Bake for about 5 minutes, until lightly toasted. Let cool, then tear the bread into bite-size pieces. In a bowl, toss the bread with three-quarters of the dressing and let stand for 30 minutes.

Step 4    

Meanwhile, in a pie plate, warm the pine nuts in the oven for 2 minutes.

Step 5    

In a skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Add the scallions and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 2 minutes; transfer to a large bowl. Add the currants, bread, pine nuts and the remaining Champagne vinaigrette and toss.

Step 6    

Spoon the bread salad into a shallow 1-quart baking dish. Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 15 minutes, until heated through. Uncover and bake for a few minutes longer to dry out the top and brown the bottom. Transfer the bread salad to a platter, toss with the arugula and serve.

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