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Tuscan Grilled Bread And White Bean Salad

Ingredients:
  • 4 3/4-inch-thick slices Italian bread (each about 3x5 inches)
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, quartered
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 1 1/2-inch-thick onion slices (preferable sweet onion, such as Vidalia)
  • 6 tablespoons bottled olive oil vinaigrette
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Fresh basil sprigs

Directions:

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Arrange bread and vegetables on baking sheet. Brush bread and vegetables lightly with 3 tablespoons vinaigrette. Grill pepper and onion 6 minutes, turning occasionally. Place bread and tomato slices on barbecue. Continue to grill until pepper and onion are slightly charred, bread is toasted and tomatoes are heated-through, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer vegetables and bread to work surface; cut into bite-size pieces. Place cannellini, sliced basil and remaining 3 tablespoons vinaigrette in large bowl; toss to coat. Mix in grilled vegetable and bread. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper; garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

2 Servings; can be doubled.

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