Cuban Bread Salad

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


Orange Sherry Vinaigrette:
1/2cup fresh orange juice
1pinch kosher salt, to taste
1/4cup sherry vinegar
1cup extra-virgin olive oil
1teaspoon toasted, freshly ground cumin, to taste
1teaspoon toasted, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4cup loosely packed California raisins
Bread Salad:
2tablespoons Spanish olive oil
4slices Cuban bread or other crusty, rustic bread
4cups mixed greens, e.g., romaine, red leaf, radicchio, Bibb and/or Belgian endive
1/4cup coarsely chopped, mixed, fresh herbs, e.g., sage, basil, rosemary and/or thyme leaves
1/2cup goat cheese
2teaspoons finely chopped, fresh chives
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4small tomatoes
2medium tomatoes; ends removed, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
2tablespoons cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Vinaigrette: Pour orange juice into a small heavy saucepan. Set over medium heat and reduce by half to 1/4 cup. Remove from heat;. turn into medium bowl and whisk together with salt and vinegar. Continue whisking and add olive oil, cumin and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste. Measure raisins into a small bowl and add vinaigrette to cover; set aside. Reserve remaining vinaigrette.
  2. Bread Salad: Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté bread on both sides until golden. Remove from pan. Drain raisins and place in a large bowl. Add greens, herbs and reserved vinaigrette, 1/4 cup at a time, tossing gently until mixed.
  3. To Serve: Combine goat cheese, chives, salt and pepper to taste. Remove tops from small tomatoes; hollow out seeds, and fill with cheese mixture. Arrange tomato slices in center of each serving plate; top with a slice of bread and about 1 cup of salad. Place a filled tomato on the side and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Chef Norman Van Aken, courtesy of the California Raisin Marketing Board

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 14.71
  • Calories 850
  • Fat 71g
  • Saturated Fat 15g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 47g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 640mg
  • Potassium 1130mg
  • Carbohydrate 49g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugars 27g
  • Protein 12g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 140%
  • Vitamin C 90%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 20%