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September 3, 2012

by Alyssa

Gluten-Free Panzanella Salad

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Gluten Free Panzanella Salad | Queen of Quinoa

I've been on the hunt for a fabulous, crusty gluten-free french bread for a while now. I've looked at recipe, after recipe, after recipe, and just haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. I'm starting to think that that perfect loaf of gluten-free deliciousness doesn't exist (but trust me, I won't stop searching).

Recently, I made a loaf using Amy's gluten-free flour blend, based off her recipe for gluten-free french bread. While it was perfectly crusty, I'm not a fan of bean flours (the taste totally throws me off, which I should have known from the start) and it didn't rise like I wanted it to.

But I was done baking, I had this whole loaf on my hand. Sliced and frozen, waiting to be used. I thought about making french toast, but that seemed to easy (plus, I'd made it before). I wanted something new. Something that highlighted the bread's crunchy exterior and soft, fluffy interior. Something that was salty and delicious. Something Italian.

And panzanella salad immediately came to mind.

Gluten Free Panzanella Salad | Queen of Quinoa

Panzanella salad, if you're not already familar, is the Italian version of salsa. It's full of garden-fresh ingredients, bright green herbs, with just a hint of spicy mustard dressing.

But like all things Italian, we can't just stick with herbs and vegetables. We need carbs. Lots and lots of carbs.

So in classic Italian fashion, what do we do? We add bread to our salsa and call it a salad.

Gluten-Free Panzanella Salad | Queen of Quinoa

Gluten-Free Panzanella Salad

In classic Italian fashion, what do we do? We add bread to our salsa and call it a salad.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 221kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa
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5 from 1 vote


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 loaf of gluten-free french bread cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tomatoes cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 large cucumber cut into 1" cubs
  • 1 red pepper cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 yellow pepper cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers drained & chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the bread cubes and toss to coat. Saute until golden brown and crispy, 5 - 7 minutes. Toss with 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Combine tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion, parsley and capers in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together the garlic, dijon, vinegar, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a small mixing bowl and pour over vegetables.
  • Add toasted breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately.


gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | nut free


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 676mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Vitamin C: 72.6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg


This recipe was shared on: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays


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  1. I’m gaga about recipes with old bread – love me some Panzanella with a big bowl of Ribolitta!

  2. Hmmm…wondering why your bread didn’t rise. Baking bread doesn’t have any hard and fast rules. You have to make adjustments based on the temperature of the room and the temperature of your ingredients. That might have had something to do with it. I use a proofing box, too. It helps.


  3. I love the colors in this salad – it’s beautiful! I just wish I could have tomatoes!

    • Thanks Megan! I’ll have to work on a nightshade free version 🙂 Perhaps you could use persimmons?

      xo! Alyssa


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