Gluten-Free Panzanella

Years ago, just before attending a conference in San Diego, my husband and I took a few days to fly in early to San Francisco and drive down the California coast. While we ate some amazing meals all along the route, one informal lunch stop stood out. Not expecting much more than soup and a sandwich, I ended up with THE best bowl of panzanella I’d ever eaten. Light on the bread and heavy on the peppers, it was crisp & sweet and bathed in just the right amount of a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Even with all the travel that I do beyond vacations, that lunch still stands out as one of the best dishes I can recall in recent years. Maybe because of its simplicity and use of amazingly fresh vegetables? Whatever the recipe, I thought it worthy of sharing here. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Gluten-Free Panzanella

  • Author: Regan Jones, RDN, ACSM-CPT
  • Yield: Serves 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch piece
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 3 cups toasted gluten-free bread cubes

Instructions

  1. Toss all ingredients (except bread cubes) and let stand at least 30 minutes. Just before serving toss in bread cubes.

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