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Here is a great Italian appetizer or side dish, whether you are barbecuing, picnicking or basking in the A/C at the kitchen table. Originally a peasant dish concocted from leftovers, it is now often offered as a restaurant special. It is easy to make and casts two of the seasons best crops in starring roles.
½ clove garlic, peeled
2 or 3 flat anchovies (optional)
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red-wine or balsamic vinegar
2 cups thickly cut Italian bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch squares and toasted (Or grill the bread, lightly coated with olive oil)
3 fresh ripe but firm medium-size tomatoes, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
fresh basil, snipped into pieces
In a large bowl, mash the garlic and anchovies together until emulsified. Add oil and vinegar and a ½ tsp salt and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, sprinkle generously with pepper, and toss well. Add more salt if necessary.
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