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Recipe: Italian Bread Salad



What You Need:

  • 1 Pound loaf Italian bread
  • 1 Cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Cup cucumber – peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 Cup chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

How To:

  1. Rub a peeled clove of garlic around a wooden salad bowl.
  2. Pull apart or chop the bread into bite-size pieces.
  3. In the prepared salad bowl, combine the bread, tomatoes cucumbers, red onions, garlic, basil and thyme.  Add enough olive oil and vinegar to lightly coat, toss and serve.

Restaurant of the Moment: Coop’s BBQ

2625 Lemon Grove Ave

Lemon Grove, CA 91945



For an amazing BBQ experience, you have to visit Coop’s West Texas BBQ in Lemon Grove! Trust us – it’s worth the drive!

The shop itself is small so be prepared to wait in line especially if it’s near lunch or dinner time. But all great things take time and Coop’s BBQ is no exception. The storefront definitely has a hole-in-the-wall feel…which is a nice change if you’re used to going to Phil’s. You definitely get the sense that you’re supporting a local San Diego institution!

You can order their meats on sandwiches, on a plate with sides, or just the meat by itself! Can’t decide what to get? Try the sampler platter! We recommend getting either the pulled pork sandwich or the pork ribs. The meat is tender, smoky, and topped with some of the best BBQ sauce we’ve ever had! For the sides, we recommend the mac ‘n’ cheese, cornbread, and red beans and rice.

For an authentic BBQ experience that’s a little off the beaten path, visit one of San Diego’s hidden gems, Coop’s West Texas BBQ!

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