Bruschetta and Summer Salad

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

We have tons of tomatoes from our small garden so when I read that my cooking club’s theme was “Garden Fresh,” I decided to make bruschetta. My last few cooking club dishes didn’t turn out quite like I’d hoped, so I decided this time I’d better do a trial run first.

bruschetta and chicken salad

Fortunately, I did it right this time, and the bruschetta was delicious. To go along with the appetizer, I made my very favorite Summer Chicken Salad. Our dinner was so delicious and relatively healthful also – at least the tomatoes with garlic and olive oil part.

This simple two-dish menu is really easy and full of vegetables. Here are the recipes:


  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 t. dried basil or 2 fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • Ciabatta bread (or your favorite yummy bread)

1. Cut two slices or bread, or the ciabatta roll in half. Cut the garlic clove in half. Rub garlic all over the top of the bread. Toast bread in the oven, on a griddle, or in a toaster oven.

2. Combine diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and basil in a small bowl.

3. When rolls/bread are sufficiently toasted, spread the tomato mixture on both pieces. Drizzle with olive oil.

Summer Chicken Salad

  • 5 c. cubed chicken
  • 1 1/2 c. green grape halves
  • 1 c. snow peas
  • 2 c. torn spinach leaves
  • 12 oz. corkscrew pasta
  • 1 cucumber


  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 T white wine vinegar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. lemon juice

1. Cook pasta according to package direction.

2. While the pasta is cooking, combine grape halves, snow peas, spinach leaves, and sliced and quartered cucumber.

3. Rinse pasta with cold water and add to other ingredients.

4. Mix dressing ingredients, pour over salad, and mix well.

I love this meal in the summer, but I don’t think I can wait that long to have it again. Make extra because you will want to have leftovers!

{photo taken with Canon Digital Rebel XSi}


1 Jennifer September 18, 2008 at 5:50 am

I could easily do that without the meat (I’m a vegetarian!) Thanks for the meal starter! ;)
The Bruschetta looks totally YUMMY!

2 emilyt September 18, 2008 at 7:27 am

Mmmm that looks delicious! I LOVE fresh tomatoes and the brushetta would be divine. Thanks for sharing, this is worth serving at my wine-tasting party in October!

3 Hannah C. September 18, 2008 at 8:06 am

Yum! I can’t wait to try it tonight!

4 Baba September 18, 2008 at 8:26 am

Grats on the Bruchetta! Looks wonderful.

5 Amy Rhoads September 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

Thanks for sharing the bruschetta recipe. I have tried a few times and still haven’t found the right one that tastes just right. I will give this one a whirl.

6 Christi September 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Yummy…I just might have to make this for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing!

7 Meshellyn September 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I am always looking for easy pasta recipes for my daughter. They are perfect for her little fingers to pick up and this one will be great to introduce a new veggie or two. Thanks!

8 syeda September 20, 2008 at 8:57 am

As the saying goes, picture says a thousand words. Well, the pic of your salad is so tempting. I have to try out the recipe

9 Sue D September 20, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I’ve never had bruschetta before but your instructions make me want to try it. The garden didn’t do real well this year but I do have some tomatoes to use up. Looks easy.

10 Michelle Baucum September 22, 2008 at 8:43 am

Wow! That looks really healthy and delicious! Thanks for the recipes!!!!!

11 Wendy Lust September 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

This looks and sounds delicious! I think this is a great twist on the usual chicken salad.

12 Angela October 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

These remind me of the “Pasta Salad” boxes from Betty Croker. The way they look in the box is definitely different from what they taste. I bet this are delicious.

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