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Bread Salad With Corn, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

Bread Salad With Corn, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil


  • 1 shallot, lobes separated and cut lengthwise into very thin slices
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tbs. red-wine vinegar; more to taste
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 loaf (8 oz.) rustic french or italian peasant bread (choose a firm, chewy loaf, not an airy one), crusts trimmed and bread cut or torn into rough 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups corn kernels (from 4 to 6 ears)
  • 12 oz. juicy cherry tomatoes, cut in half and lightly salted, or 2 small beefsteak tomatoes, cut into large dice and salted
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
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