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10 simple summer side dishes under $10

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Tastes of Summer

Summer is a beautiful time for entertaining, but in the current recession, we’re all trying to save a few pennies any way we can. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice delicious treats for our guests, though. Behold 10 of our favorite summer side recipes – all for under $10!

Tastes of Summer

Tuscan Bread Salad

This delicious salad uses ingredients such as day-old bread, tomatoes, basil, onion and olive oil, and is convenient, economical, and fuss-free: It's as simple as grabbing items that most kitchens have on hand and tossing them into a bowl. In typical Tuscan style, it is made in the morning and allowed to sit and soak up the flavors. Recipe courtesy of the Antinori family, who have been making wine for more than 600 years (spanning 26 generations!).


  • 2 cups day-old bread, in cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to dress


  1. Dampen bread cubes with cold water, squeeze well, and crumble into a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  3. Mix damp bread with diced tomatoes, sliced onion and basil.
  4. Dress with vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Note: If raw onions do not agree with you, slice them, cover with coarse salt and let stand for about 10 minutes.

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