If one type of salad is good why not combine a couple different ones to make one fantastic salad.
It is not easy to find gluten free bread to make good croutons but I have now figured out how to do it….yeah me. Everyone loves a good Caprese salad but it is more an appetizer than a meal. So I decided to combine the two and add chicken with a basil dressing and it was a “wow” Don’t freak out about baking your own bread, I have made this Focaccia Bread in several different flavors and it is always good and easy to do (and this olive focaccia makes a yummy sandwich bread).
This might seem like a lot of ingredients and process but it is really easy and totally worth it.
Kalamata Olive Focaccia Bread
- 1 cup warm water (around 105 degress)
- 1 tablespoon XYLA
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (it is more than one package)
- 1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Gluten Free Flour
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Dissolve the sugar in the warm water, add the yeast, stir and let stand for about 5 minutes.
- While the yeast is doing it’s thing combine the flour, xanthan gum, salt and olives in a bowl.
- After the yeast has bloomed add 2 tablespoons and egg to it and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine well.
- Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick spray, add the batter, cover with saran wrap and let sit for at least 20 minutes in a warm place to let batter rise.
- Remove saran wrap, bake for 25 minutes, let cool in pan.
- To make the croutons: slice the bread into croutons place on dry baking sheet in a 300 degree oven for 17 to 20 minutes.
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinager
- 2 teaspoon Mirin
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and you have a very tasty dressing,
Combine the following on a platter (you can use as much or as little of each depending on how large you are making the salad).
- Cooked Chicken: this can be leftover chicken you have, roasted chicken thighs or breast.
- fresh mozzarella balls or a mozzarella log cut up into pieces
- pitted Kalamata olives, sliced in half
- baby Heirloom tomatoes – halved
- the croutons
- avocado – sliced up
- Place all the ingredients on a platter and drizzle with the basil dressing.