1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, optional
2 tablespoons diced shallot, scallion, or red onion
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (good vinegar also works well)
For a one-dish meal, grill or broil some shrimp or boneless chicken alongside the bread, then add the chunks to the salad. Or add some leftover or canned tuna (the Italian kind, packed in olive oil) to the mix.
1/4 cup or more roughly chopped basil or parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, chopped
Add to the salad 1/4 cup chopped olives, 1 tablespoon capers, and/or 2 minced anchovy fillets.
1 small baguette (about 8 ounces) or other crusty bread
Before grilling rub the bread, with a cut clove of garlic and/or brush it with some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil