2-minute Toasted Bread With Olive Oil And Salt (The Easiest Side Dish!)


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You know what you’re making for dinner tonight, but what shall you serve with it? We’ve been serving these olive oil and salt toasts for literally years. Make them once and they’ll become your go-to easy side dish too!

A close up of someone pouring olive oil over a platter of toasted bread with olive oil and salt

Why you’ll love it

When you need dinner to be quick and easy (like… most nights?) the last thing you want is to be messing around with side dishes.

For those days when even boiling a pot of rice or pasta feels like too much, just pop some good quality bread in the toaster. Drizzle with olive oil and salt, and you’re done.

I know what you’re thinking. How is this even a recipe? Why are you telling me this?

Well, I suppose it isn’t a recipe really. It’s an idea. But it’s a really good idea, in my humble opinion, and a side dish that Mr. Scrummy have been making for YEARS.

I think we originally got the idea when I was living in Greece. While the idea isn’t a traditionally Greek one (to my knowledge!), several restaurants served it to us on the side.

We’ve been hooked ever since! Why?

  • It’s the EASIEST side dish you can imagine. It literally takes 2 minutes to throw together.
  • It’s a VERY tried and tested idea. We eat it with midweek meals at least once or twice a week. We also comfortably serve it to guests. They often remark on what a good idea it is!
  • It doesn’t require any special ingredients. As long as you always have bread in the freezer and good quality olive oil in the pantry (I assume you always have salt!).
  • If you’re a fan of the Mediterranean diet, this is a perfect way to get more olive oil into your diet.

Ingredients and how to make it

You need just 3 ingredients:

  • Good quality sliced bread
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil (non negotiable!)
  • Freshly ground salt (any kind you like, really, but on the chunkier side is good)

I always have some suitable bread in the freezer – already sliced. That way I can grab as many slices of bread as I need and toast them straight from frozen.

Step 1: Just before you’re going to serve your meal, pop some bread in the toaster.

I like my bread to be on the well done side so that it’s nice and crispy. Mr. Scrummy prefers it lightly toasted.

Step 2: When it’s toasted to perfection, simply drizzle over some olive oil and scatter over some salt. Add optional fresh herbs.

Step 3: Serve while still warm.

How much olive oil and salt? Well, really that’s up to you. It’s good to have your olive oil in some kind of drizzle bottle so that it doesn’t slosh all over your toast.

What bread to use

I’ve used MANY different kinds of bread to make these toasts. It really depends on your preferences, or what you happen to have.

Most often, I use a light rye sourdough from our local supermarket’s fresh bakery.

Or a wholemeal or multi-grain bread from the farmer’s market.

When I lived in Greece however I often used Greek style pitta bread. I sliced it into 4 triangular pieces and toasted it lightly.

I’ve even used sliced Turkish bread, which is popular here in Australia, or ciabatta bread (both sliced vertically like you would a normal loaf of bread – you get tiny slices but that’s OK).

If you’re feeling a bit fancier, one of my favourite options is this homemade no-knead focaccia bread. It’s a perfect project for a day when you’re stuck in the house, and much much easier than you might think!

On the other hand, if all you have is normal white or brown sliced bread, then feel free to use that too. Just slice each slice of toast into 2 triangles.

A white platter of toasted bread with olive oil and salt from above


These days I mostly just use whatever nice bread I have to hand, some good quality oil and some freshly ground sea salt.

But over the years I’ve made this 2 minute side dish in many different ways:

  • I’ve added a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as fresh oregano, parsley, basil or thyme.
  • I’ve used Greek style pitta bread instead. Simply cut the pitta bread in quarters and toast, drizzle and sprinkle as normal. If you like you can add a sprinkle of paprika and/or lemon juice too.
  • I’ve sliced a clove of garlic in two and rubbed the bread with the cut side of the garlic before toasting it. The easiest garlic bread imaginable!

Serving ideas

The possibilities for this side dish are endless. The olive oil toasts go perfectly with ANY kind of soup, meat or veggie casserole, salad, and more.

Love this idea? You’ll probably like this Spanish pan con tomate too! Either pan con tomate or these easy olive oil toasts would go brilliantly with a perfect authentic Spanish omelette!

Here are some of the meals from Scrummy Lane that we ALWAYS serve this easy side dish with:

Or just use them as the base for a delicious piece of loaded toast! Pile on smashed avocado and feta, this incredible 5-minute spicy Greek feta cheese dip (tirokafteri) or hummus with pine nuts.

Looking to add more green veggies to your plate? More super easy side dish ideas are these 10-minute sautéed frozen green beans or 10-minute stir-fried frozen broccoli!

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2-minute toasted bread with olive oil and salt (the easiest side dish)

This toasted bread with olive oil and salt is our go-to easy side dish recipe, and I hope it becomes yours too! Just toast slices of your favourite bread, then drizzle with olive oil and scatter with salt. Serve with soups, stews, bolognese, salads, and everything in between.
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 slices bread, [small slices of fresh bakery or Italian style bread (wholemeal, rye, sourdough, Turkish, Ciabatta, pitta… ) If you only have ordinary large slices of bread, use 4 and cut in two]
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, (roughly- I don't usually measure the amount)
  • salt, to taste (freshly ground e.g. sea salt)


  • Toast the bread in a toaster or under the grill/broiler.
  • Put the toast on a serving platter, then drizzle all over with the olive oil. Sprinkle over salt to taste.
  • Scatter over a small handful of fresh herbs e.g. oregano, thyme, basil, parsley (optional). Serve while still warm.



What type of bread to use

I usually toast frozen sliced bread straight from the freezer. I’ve used all kinds of different breads including Italian style, sourdough, Turkish bread, Greek style pitta bread or even just plain supermarket bread from a packet. 
If the slices are small I keep them whole. If the slices are large I slice them in half after toasting. 


You can easily make this into the simplest garlic bread of your life! Just rub the cut side of a clove of garlic all over the bread before toasting, then drizzle with oil and scatter with salt as usual. 
You can also scatter over a pinch of paprika, some chili flakes, or even squeeze over a bit of lemon juice. 
Add a small handful of fresh herbs too if you have them. 

What to serve your toasts with

Soups, casseroles, salads, bolognese and everything in between!
Use Greek style pitta bread sliced into 4 like a pizza instead of ordinary bread. 

Do leftovers keep?

If we have any toast left over, we sometimes wrap it and store it in the fridge until the next day. I usually re-toast it on a low setting. This turns out surprisingly OK!


Calories: 213kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 291mg, Potassium: 102mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. What’s not to love about toasted bread with olive oil and salt!

    Would you be willing to share suggestions of good quality Olive Oil that are reasonably affordable?

    1. Hello Michelle! Where are you located? To be honest, I tend to pick my olive oils via trial and error. I try ones that are perhaps on special and then stick with a few favorites. Our local Aldi (we’re in Australia) has an extra virgin olive oil that’s surprisingly good! I know that picking quality oils can be a real art, similar to picking fine wines!

      1. Thank you for your time! I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. I am enjoying 2 different Olive Oils from a warehouse store we have here called Costco. They both get good reviews. There are SO many brands out there and dome are very expensive and we have no way to try them out in advance. I’ll keep looking for taste tests when I’m out and about 😊

        Have a good day!

      2. Ahh good to know where you are, Michelle! It’s beautiful there! It sounds like your approach is very similar to mine. I’m not an expert but occasionally we come across an olive oil that we like the taste of. I think if the Costco ones get good reviews then they are probably winners. Sorry I’m not much more help! I know in Greece there’s a very strict rating system so it’s easier to ‘see’ which olive oils are rated highly – elsewhere I’m not sure.

  2. another great idea- and my kids love it (!) is adding zaatar spice
    basically mix olive oil salt garlic/or garlic powder and zaatar
    pour on bread and toast
    you GOTTA try it!!

    1. Hello Ruth! I’m so glad you liked this idea. I’m amazed how yummy it is for such a simple idea every time I make it (which is very often!). I love your idea of adding the zaatar spice too. 🙂