Homemade croutons are the perfect crunchy accompaniment to this rustic-style salad. Photo / Babiche Martens

Rustic Tuna, Tomato & Rocket Salad With Crunchy Croutons

A few simple steps and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to create this rustic salad

Peeling and deseeding tomatoes is worth the effort. It not only looks great but creates a smooth silky texture. Instead of throwing out unused bread, use it to make delicious crunchy croutons.

Serves 4

4 slices rustic bread, torn into pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 large tomatoes
¼ red onion, sliced finely
400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup Kalamata olives
185g tin tuna
2 cups shredded rocket

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp dijon mustard

1. Preheat an oven to 180C.

2. Place the bread pieces on a baking tray, toss in the olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until golden and crispy.

3. To make the dressing, combine the oil, lemon juice and mustard in a jar.

4. In a large bowl, toss together the baked bread, tomatoes, onion, beans, olives, tuna and rocket.

5. Stir through the dressing and serve.

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