Food & Wine
- 4 slices of seeded rye bread, cut into 1-by- 1/2-inch batons
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery (3 ribs)
- 1 pound thickly sliced smoked ham, cut into 1-by- 1/2-inch batons
- 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, coarsely shredded (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup snipped chives
- Preheat the oven to 350°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once, until lightly toasted. Let cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the mustard with the mayonnaise and vinegar. Gradually whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and season with pepper. Add the celery, ham, cheese, chives and the rye bread croutons, toss well and serve.
Recipe Notes: In this fun take on the sandwich classic, Grace Parisi creates a delectable ham salad mixed with crunchy rye bread croutons and bits of Gruyère cheese, tossed in a mustardy dressing with celery and chives. She sometimes likes to wrap the bread salad in Bibb lettuce leaves for an inside-out sandwich.
My Notes: I loved the combination of flavors and textures, and it tasted different than anything I have had recently. Delicious. I used pumpernickel cocktail bread as I had some in the freezer. This tasted much better when the bread was still slightly warm from the oven; later, it was basically dry rye croutons.
Liz's Rating: 9.5/10
Tim's Rating: 9/10