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Gluten-Free Balsamic Panzanella Salad

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 Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Minute Meals, Cardiac Friendly, Italian Cuisine, Salads, Summer Time Favorites, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
    ( and a little extra to drizzle on the bread before grilling)
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
    dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 tomatoes chopped heirloom or vine ripened
  • 1 small onion red ( chopped into thin half moon slices)
  • 3 cloves garlic
    (2 finely minced and 1 cut in half to season the bread)
  • 8 slices bread
    gluten free white (or if no gluten allergies then use a rustic Tuscan white bread)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
    roughly chopped
  • 4 cups spinach chopped fresh or baby spinach

Instructions

  • Step 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.
  • Place 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.
  • Brush both sides of the crusty gluten-free bread with olive oil and then brush the garlic over the oil.
  • Grill 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)
  • Cut 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.
  • Enjoy this vegan gluten free balsamic panzanella salad alone or with any grilled meats or fish.

Notes

Best Enjoyed as soon as the bread is mixed in the salad. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2126IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg