Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity. Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients. They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine. Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste. This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.
Cut French loaf into large cubes and place on a baking tray. Crush garlic cloves and add on it. Drizzle some olive oil on top and add 5-6 shredded basil leaves, sea salt, crushed peppercorns and toss the cubes to mix. Put the tray in the preheated oven and toast for 2-3 minutes.
To make dressing, combine red wine vinegar, sea salt, crushed peppercorns in a bowl. Whisk well by adding olive oil slowly.
Cut bell pepper into triangles and place in a bowl. Add tomatoes and 4-5 torn basil leaves.
Add onion and capers to the dressing and mix well crushing the capers.
Break the toasted bread cubes.
Add some dressing to the peppers and tomatoes alongwith some sea salt and mix well.
Add toasted garlic and bread pieces and toss well.
Place the salad on a serving plate. Drizzle remaining dressing into it and add remaining torn basil leaves.
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