Cuban Bread Salad

Makes 6 servings


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1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup salad oil
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeño chilies
Salt and pepper
12 ounces tomatillos (2 in. wide)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces potato-garlic or French bread
12 cups (8 oz.) rinsed and crisped baby arugula
Wedge of Manchego cheese


1. In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan over high heat, boil orange juice until reduced to 1/4 cup, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool. Add shallots, lime juice, lemon juice, and cumin. Whisk in salad oil. Add chilies, plus salt and pepper to taste.

2. Remove and discard husks from tomatillos; rinse and cut into quarters. In a bowl, mix tomatillos with olive oil. Cut bread into 1-inch-thick slices. Set tomatillo quarters and bread slices on a grill over a solid bed of hot coals or a gas grill on high heat and turn as needed until browned on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes total for bread, 5 to 7 minutes for tomatillos. Let cool, Cut bread into 1-inch cubes.

3. In a large bowl, mix tomatillos, bread, arugula, and dressing. With a vegetable peeler, shave about 1/2 cup (2 oz.) thin slices off Manchego cheese. Mix cheese and salt and pepper to taste into salad.

Created date

August 2004