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Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad

August 29, 2016

Gluten-free balsamic panzanella salad is bursting with vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, basil, spinach and grilled GF bread with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

The farmer's markets are now filled with loads with sun kissed vine ripened tomatoes and fragrant basil. Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy the late summer harvest with one of our favorite salads; a gluten-free balsamic panzanella salad.

The tomato plants smell fragrant, sweet, zesty and are tantalizing to the nose. My favorite way to eat vine ripened tomatoes are straight fresh from the garden. Tomatoes are best eaten while they are still warmed by the sun. What do you think? How about you? Just bring some napkins along because that juice is sure to run down your chin and arms....

You are just going to love this gluten-free balsamic panzanella salad as it is vegan, budget friendly and cardiac friendly. This recipe was originally posted on August 19, 2012 but has updated to make it gluten-free and dairy free.
Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Panzanella isΒ a rustic Tuscan salad. This Italian peasant dish was developed many years ago. Country folk used to soak their old stale bread in water and mix it with vegetables from the garden to save pennies. Nothing is ever left to waste.

If you or your family has wheat sensitivities, you can use gluten-free white bread. Please go ahead and use "real" hearty Tuscan bread with a crusty exterior, if wheat does not bother you. Toasting or grilling the bread and not adding the bread until the very last minute, keeps the bread crunchy. The crunchy bread is a great contrast with the juicy tomatoes, crisp onions and fresh spinach.
Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

There are many versions of Panzanella salad. Some people like to add olives, artichokes, cucumbers, beans, cheese or even grilled chicken to their panzanella salad. However, this gluten-free balsamic panzanella salad recipe is a classic version with just a handful of ingredients.

The secret to a good gluten free balsamic panzanella salad is allowing the tomatoes and onions time to marinate in the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The tomatoes create their own delicious sauce and the onions change from pungent to sweet.

Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

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Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad

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August 29, 2016

Gluten-free balsamic panzanella salad is bursting with fresh vine ripened tomatoes, basil and onions marinated in classic balsamic vinaigrette tossed with garlicky grilled gluten free bread and a fresh spinach salad.

  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

balsamic vinegar - 1/4 cup

olive oil - 1 cup ( and a little extra to drizzle on the bread before grilling)

Italian herb seasoning - 1 teaspoon (dried)

salt and pepper - to taste

tomatoes - 5 chopped heirloom or vine ripened

onion - 1 small red ( chopped into thin half moon slices)

garlic - 3 (2 finely minced and 1 cut in half to season the bread)

bread - 8 slices gluten free white (or if no gluten allergies then use a rustic Tuscan white bread)

fresh basil - 1/2 cup roughly chopped

spinach - 4 cups chopped fresh or baby spinach

Directions

1Step 1:Prepare your simple balsamic vinaigrette. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning in a jar, cover with lid and shake until well incorporated.

2Place chopped tomatoes, red onion, 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 of the balsamic vinaigrette in a large bowl. Marinate the tomatoes for at least 1 hour at room temperature.

3Brush both sides of the crusty gluten-free bread with olive oil and then brush the garlic over the oil.

4Grill the gluten-free bread for 3-5 minutes until slightly golden and has grill marks. Remove and set aside. (or you can even put in the toaster or bake in the oven)

5Cut bread into cubes set aside. Add the fresh basil and fresh spinach to the marinated tomatoes, toss to coat well. Add the grilled cubed gluten-free bread and toss. Salt and pepper to taste. Add more balsamic vinaigrette dressing as desired or reserve balsamic vinaigrette in refrigerator for your next salad.

6Enjoy this vegan gluten free balsamic panzanella salad alone or with any grilled meats or fish.

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  • Wow, Bam – those tomatoes look amazing. Love how simple but deliciously fresh this salad looks too. Love the look of those strips of onion, and I bet the cubes of bread are great. Thanks for sharing… I might give this a try tomorrow!

    • I think we should enter that one large tomato into the world records for its strange size and shape. Actually panzanella salad started out many years ago with only onions and tomatoes we added more recently. I am not real big on lots of raw onions in my salad but I love the flavor they give to the marinade. We cut them large so that picky teenagers could pick them out easily. I have been without internet access for some time so looking forward to visiting your website now. Take Care, BAM

  • Sounds like you had a fantastic time! The tomatoes look stunning Bam! I can only imagine their sweet flavour. Tomatoes are my favourite fruit / vegetable and that salad one of my favourite ways to serve it.

    • Thanks Martyna. I hope your winter in Australia has been going well. Do you know that song by Louis Armstrong, You say tomato and I say tomatoe…? I have the same confusion I know it is a fruit but we call it a vegetable. Whatever it is , I love them! Take Care, BAM

  • Those are some gorgeous homegrown tomatoes!

    • I wish I had a scale to weight that one as it was so heavy and huge almost like 3 tomatoes in one. Take care, BAM

  • Such big fat beautiful tomatoes my friend, lovely πŸ˜€
    Great recipe, I could devour it all!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    P.S. I have lost 60-70 followers and I don’t even know how so if you had subscribed before, it would be great if you could check and if possible, resubscribe – thanks!

    • Dear CCU,
      I am sorry for my delay on catching up with you but I was out of town with no internet access. I felt like I was in the dark ages. I actually had to call and talk to a person to check on my flight status instead of checking on line. LOL I have just checked and I am still following you and how cool you have a new theme and I am loving it!
      Take care,
      BAM

  • Fantastic Bam! One of my favorite salads and so much better with all those lovely heirloom tomatoes. Yum!

    • Thank you Karista. I was craving some beautiful homegrown tomatoes. I had to wait until my return to Michigan to enjoy these little beauties. I can’t wait to head over to your website to see what you have been cooking in your kitchen. Take care, BAM

  • I need to grow my own tomatoes! This looks and sounds amazing πŸ™‚

    • I also wish I could grow my own tomatoes like this in HK but plants dislike the seawater and don’t do well outside. So I have to enjoy when I return to the States.

  • You are back stateside? how did that happen i have missed too much.. love that you love the ‘marties.. we have some glorious ones.. you are not that far away.. pop over!! c

    • Next time we so need to plan a gathering. How fun would that be? Take care, BAM

  • Panzanella is such a flavorful salad and it is really so simple to prepare. I can only imagine how good yours must have tasted, made with garden fresh tomatoes. When I was a boy, we rented a lakeside cabin in Northport, I believe, southwest of Traverse City. They were wonderful times and it sounds like you’ll be saying the same about your stay. Good for you, Bam.

    • Dear John,
      I’m glad I was able to bring back some memories for you and such a beautiful area. Panzanella is such an easy dish that anyone can make. Little ingredients and little time but a happy little end product. I hope you are having a super summer. Take care, BAM

  • machisan

    delicious!

  • Those tomatoes look amazing! Hope you are having a great time πŸ™‚

    • Those are some crazy tomatoes! I am back and still jet lagged. That time zone difference is getting the best of me with this trip. Take Care, BAM

  • Good friends, good food, and ripe tomatoes…who could ask for more?
    Welcome home, Bobbi!

    • Thanks Marie! I would love to be at your house at this time of the year with all the yummy harvest coming up. Take Care of yourself. BAM

  • How gorgeous. What amazing tomatoes! Glad you’re enjoying everything you wanted to enjoy on your trip.

    • There never seems to be enough time to do all the things that you wanted to do. However, I did fit in quite a bit of activity during my visit. So many people to visit and so little time. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh you’ve got me hankering after a Panzanella salad now BAM !! Those tomatoes do look outrageously good, and what better than freshly picked. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, but it’ slovely to see you back too πŸ™‚

    • Hi Claire, Thanks and it is good to be back. Missed all of you dearly. I only wish I could have a garden like this in HK, but that is not possible so I will just read about yours. Take Care, BAM

  • Beautiful tomatoes. Beautiful dish.

    • Amanda’s Dish is wonderful! I finally was able to get my tomato fix! Life is good! Take care, bAM

  • Ah, what big, beautiful tomatoes! I crave those gnarled knots of red flesh, but the best I can usually do is a standard beefsteak around here. They simply refuse to grow in my garden, year after year, which is always such a disappointment. I would still make this salad with any tomatoes I can get my hands on though, because it looks delicious no matter what.

    • Thanks Hannah. So nice to hear from you! I know that this year has been a very tough year for most gardeners with the drought and so many other obstacles. This recipe will work well with any kind of tomato. I know you have been super busy and so good to hear about all of your accomplishments. Take Care, BAM

  • Welcome back! And what a terrific recipe you’re sharing with us. I’ve heard of this recipe, and have several cookbooks that include it – but it’s one I’ve never made. Why? Probably because i rarely have the type of leftover bread that would be appropriate! I’ve got to work on that. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, really great stuff. Glad to see you’re back.

    • Good to be back! You do not need to have one day old bread for this recipe to work, as the grilling of the bread keeps the bread crunchy and the vinaigrette just coats the outside. Its really nice. I am looking forward to making some of those cocktails you have posted this upcoming weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • Welcome back Bam
    Oh my those are some amazing tomatoes
    I grew two plants on my window and I have to say that noting compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato still warm from the sun

    • Thank you Sawson! Maybe next year I should also consider growing a cherry tomato plant on my kitchen window seal. Have a great day. BAM

  • Mich – Piece of Cake

    These tomatoes look gorgeous! Your salad looks really delicious and appetising with the lovely mix of colours.

    • The heirloom tomatoes were are different colors but all the same sweet taste. I am craving one right now!

  • I wish it was warm enough for an extended period of time to grow tomatoes like that!! We are lucky if we get the little sun golds here…

    • Trust me it is even worse in Hong Kong. The tomatoes that are shipped in from abroad have no taste as they are picked green and ripen along the route and the local grown ones are even worse. I guess I will just have to dream about these heirloom tomatoes until my next visit home. Take Care,BAM

  • Thats a lovely looking salad Bam!

    • Thanks it is best eaten the same day. No worries there are never any leftovers…

  • What a delicious looking salad, agree, nothing like sun ripened, fresh off the vine, heirloom tomatoes. Glad your picky teenager discovered and love heirloom tomatoes.

    • Norma, I was actually shocked my picky teenager would even try it. It is those heirloom tomatoes they make everything taste great.

  • This is pure Michigan and purely fantastic! Thete’s nothing better than summer in Michigan! πŸ™‚ Looks like a great time. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Kristy. With a smore in one hand and in a bag of sweet Traverse cherries in the other. I was in pure Michigan heaven. I hope your summer has been grand.Take care, BAM

  • If I could eat tomatoes, I’d be all over this dish LOL. ALL over it I tell ya πŸ™‚

    • Kay, sorry to hear this. I will make something minus tomatoes for you with my next dish. Take Care, BAM

  • kathleen1richardson

    You’re back!! Sure missed you and your wonderful words and photos. Hope all is okay with your grandfather. I typically use leftover ‘aged’ bread in a bread pudding. However, I like your recipe, too. What a great alternative for using up bread (and probably a lot fewer calories!).

    Keep writing…

    • Thanks Kathleen. Missed you too! Actually its my dad’s health but he is still hanging in there, just appreciating the days we have with him. Take care, BAM

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  • That looks really delicious!!!

  • Beautiful homegrown tomatoes! Those are always the best! And I love all the colors of heirloom tomatoes. This panzanella is a wonderful way to highlight the tomatoes. I have yet to make it before… guess I should give it a try some time soon!

    • Thanks Stephanie. I love how mother nature is so colorful! Take care, BAM

  • the panzanella looks beautiful! Was just watching a programme on travel and food in tuscany and they featured this! those heirloom tomatoes look so beautiful..I don’t think i’ll be able to replicate the same flavour in sg..the tomatoes here taste like cardboard…

    • Thanks Jo. I have the same problem here in Hong Kong the tomatoes taste just like red cardboard. Actually maybe cardboard has more flavor….at least that has fiber…. So I guess you and I will just have to put more travel in our lives to destinations with heirloom tomatoes. Sounds like a great plan to me. Take care, BAM

      • Yes unfortunately, that seems to be the case in Asia.

        Glad that you are enjoying your travels in Michigan. =)Enjoy the fresh produce while you are there!

        In the meantime, I would really have to get down to planning more trips.

  • This looks so yummy and easy to make! will definitely try it! Thank you Bam! πŸ™‚

    • Glad you liked it. Take advantage of Augusts beautiful harvest.

  • Gorgeous!! and all your pictures are so fantastic!!

    • Thanks this salad would pair well with a tall glass of ice teas with some of those fancy ice cubes you made the other day.

  • What a beautiful tomatoes Bam! I want to dive into that salad bowl with my spoon. πŸ™‚

    • We will make extra for you next time. I hope you are having a fabulous summer. Take Care, BAM

  • Those tomatoes are gorgeous!!

  • My goodness, Bam I can’t get over how robust and healthy those homegrown tomatoes are. Salad looks wonderful.

    • Thank you Ray. I have never seen a tomato like this anywhere in Asia. I guess I will just have to visit home more often. I hope you are doing well. Take Care, BAM

  • What gorgeous tomatoes…I’m jealous. I love panzanella and am bookmarking this so I will remember to try making it…such a great meal in a dish! Glad you’re enjoying your time in the States.

    • Ahh it so nice to finally see your bright and beautiful face! It is a one meal dish and if you add the asiago cheese you are good to go. Take Care, BAM

  • Those tomatoes look awesome!! πŸ™‚

    • I think this salad would taste great with a one of your great brew suggestion. Which one do you suggest to pair it with? A perfect summer….

      • I’m thinking a summer ale…something with a little flavor but not too much so it doesn’t take away from the light summer meal. I enjoy the Deschutes Summer Ale. The Uinta Kolsch style beer might also go well…it has a little bit of a nutty flavor (not too hoppy at all or overpowering flavor).

        • Lilly Sue, We can always depend on you for the perfect pairing of brew and food. Thanks so much. Sounds like the perfect ending to a summer. Take care, BAM

  • LOOK AT THOSE TOMATOES! They look amazing! I can imagine how delicious they would be and in a panzanella they would really shine.

    • Thanks Carolyn. I am missing home already and the taste of sweet and delicious heirloom tomatoes. Take care, BAM

  • Gorgeous! I love your blog – all your recipes are amazing!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Bobbi

  • Wow, gorgeous blog and gorgeous photos!! If I could easily find heirloom tomatoes, I would be making this recipe in no time flat πŸ™‚

  • Those tomatoes look amazing, and the panzanella looks so tasty!

    • A great celebration of the end of the summer heirloom harvest. I miss Michigan already!! Take care, BAM

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  • It looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it at home πŸ™‚

  • Found a reference to your blog on Bartolini Kitchens. I’m intrigued.

  • petit4chocolatier

    Wow! I am thinking of salad today and found this explosive tomato one that I definitely need to try. Looks delicious!

    • This is a really easy recipe and is a big crowd pleaser and is very satisfying it could double as a main. However, it is best if you find homegrown fresh tomatoes as winter’s selection is not always the best. Take care, BAM

      • petit4chocolatier

        I actually made this today with steak. It was a little different than your original recipe and with supermarket tomatoes. But it was still delicious!! Thank you for the recipe and inspiration πŸ™‚

        • Super! A great accompaniment to steak. I am glad your family enjoyed it. Have a super day! BAM

  • This salad is so beautiful! Oh, I can’t wait until heirloom tomatoes flood the marketplace again… Summer can not come soon enough!

  • This is a wonderful salad and I love how you added rosemary bread – which I adore!

  • I grew up eating this salad, minus the bread. It is still my favorite and go to salad especially when my garden has abundance of tomatoes. Great photos, Bobbi, they make my mouth water πŸ™‚

  • What a salad! Love how balanced every bite is and of course Farmer’s market tomatoes have my mouth watering!

  • Love this dish! And glad to see it updated to be GF. Thanks!

  • NancyC

    This looks like such a great salad! And I have some fresh basil in a pot that I can use for it!

  • So glad that you brought this recipe back! I missed it the first time. With my garden going wild right now this is a perfect meal for us! Thanks Bobbi!

  • This is a perfect dish for summer!

  • A friend of ours has gone gluten free and I know he would enjoy this salad. I especially like your addition of spinach…extra healthy and adds color.

  • Gerlinde &Sunnycovechef

    There is nothing better than home grown tomatoes and making panzanella salad. Like Karen, I like the addition of spinach.

  • This is so simple and elegant, I would love to add olives and artichokes to my plate. Easy and simple summer salad. Thanks Bam.

  • I love a visit to the farmer’s market, they usually have so many varieties of tomatoes in different colours, shapes and sizes that it’s such a treat to the eyes everytime. This panzanella salad is such a classic and delicious-looking summer salad, yum!

  • Timely recipe, tomatoes are at their best, I too like the addition of spinach.

  • Buona notte, BAM! Panzanella salads are a great way to celebrate the tomato harvest, aren’t they? I so enjoy them and look forward to preparing the 1st one every year. I’m glad to see that GF bread is so much improved, too. As you know, it wasn’t always this way.
    Hope you’re having a great week, my friend.

  • Bring on summer to my place, its nearly there and its getting to spring time. This is the perfect meal when that time comes, I love a good panzanella specially with good chunks of grilled haloumi or fresh mozarella

  • What a delicious salad! Perfect for my mid day lunch! Pinned!

  • Love to see a new post from you! This looks absolutely delicious. Does a farmer’s market salad mean you’re still in the States? I unexpectedly came back this summer as well! I’ve been in Oregon for 2 1/2 months– going back to Malaysia this month. I quit my job, and we are going to go back and forth for a few years while my husband works his way out of his company there… I was just unhappy there and needed more family around!

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