(makes 4 servings)

4 1/4-inch slices of French or Sourdough bread

1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 medium tomato, finely diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup assorted fresh herbs such as basil, chives, dill, flat-leaf parsley, or tarragon), minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
 salt (optional)
 freshly ground pepper


1. Grill or toast bread on both sides until golden and crisp. Rub hot bread on one side with garlic. Place bread slices on an individual salad plates. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine onion, tomato, cucumber, herbs, olive oil, and salt (if using).
3. Spoon a quarter of the mixture onto each slice of bread. Season each with freshly ground pepper. Serve at once.