Put some of the chopped tomatoes, pepper and cucumbers aside to mix in later. Soak the bread in one cup of water for 5 mins., then squeeze out the excess water. Place the bread in the container of the blender or food processor with the remaining tomato, pepper, cucumber and water, as well as the garlic and vinegar. Process until smooth, then add the olive oil slowly, with the machine running.
Season with salt and pepper, add in remaining chopped ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. The flavor will improve after a few hours. Before serving, check seasoning again. Garnish with croutons if desired and serve. Serves 6.
Recipe courtesy of The Butcher Shoppe.