Gluten-Free Panzanella

Gluten-free panzanella shows off the delicious and fresh taste of tomatoes, making it a wonderfully light summery dish that pairs well with grilled entrées.

What is Panzanella?

Panzanella is a Tuscan salad with bread and tomatoes. If you love a salad that is like 50% croutons, this is for you.

There’s something so alluring about bread and tomatoes together. The flavor reminds me of pan con tomate (Spanish grilled bread rubbed with tomato), another dish I love. The bread in this dish becomes soaked in tomato juice and tangy dressing – and it’s really addicting.

Using Gluten-Free Bread

To be honest, I haven’t met a store-bought gluten-free bread that I’ve liked. They are so dry and cardboard-like. I highly recommend making your own, especially for this dish. The ‘croutons’ get absolutely soaked, so weak and feeble gluten-free breads will likely dissolve into nothingness.

For a great gluten-free bread, you can try my recipe for everyday gluten-free bread, edited and adapted from a Bob’s Red Mill recipe.

What to Eat with Gluten-Free Panzanella

This addictive salad can be served as a main event or a side salad. It goes really well with grilled meat, so it’s a great dish to bring to a backyard potluck. If I’m putting together a whole meal, I usually serve it with a chimichurri chicken or Argentinian-style grilled flank steak.

🍳Recommended Equipment

  • Large bowl for mixing
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Baking sheet
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halfloaf gluten-free bread
4 medium-large heirloom tomatoes can substitute with 8 vine-ripened tomatoes
4tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼cup fresh basil, chopped
1tablespoon parsley, chopped
1teaspoon garlic oil



Prepare vegetables

Roughly dice 4 medium-large heirloom tomatoes, chiffonade or chop ¼ cup fresh basil, and mince 1 tbsp fresh parsley.
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Combine dressing

Mix together 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, 1 tsp garlic oil.
Drizzle in 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil while whisking.
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Dry bread

If your bread is already a bit stale or dry, you can skip this step.
Slice bread into rough cubes and spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and put in a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
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Combine, toss, and rest before serving

Combine warm bread, tomatoes, and dressing in a bowl. Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature for flavors to meld. Then enjoy!
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