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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


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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.


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


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