Chickpea Panzanella Salad

Preparation 15:00 Cook Time 05:00 Serves 3 main salads, 6-7 side servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

PANZANELLA SALAD

  • 3 1/2 cups gluten free crusty bread, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup cubed English cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons basil, julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups (425g) cooked chickpeas, washed and drained

MUSTARD BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pinch salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

MUSTARD BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
Mix all the ingredients for the vinaigrette while the bread is toasting so that the mustard can emulsify.
Preheat oven to 450 ° F/ 230 ° C.
Add the bread cubes to a silicone mat on a baking sheet or a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper or foil.
Drizzle the bread with the extra virgin olive oil and toss to ensure all the cubes are covered with oil.
Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, add the toasted bread, the cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber cubes, chickpeas and basil. Toss until combined.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss again to combine.
Cover the salad and let sit for 30 minutes to up to an hour so that all the ingredients are completely soaked in and the flavours combined. Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. If you're not gluten free, you can use a regular crusty bread.
  2. The raw onions do become more subtle thanks to the lime and vinegar, but if you don't like raw onions in your salads, you can leave them out!
  3. HOW TO STORE
    1. This salad can last in the fridge up to a day as it is. You can store it in an air-tight tupperware container.  What I would suggest for a meal prep is to make the salad and the bread separately and then plate appropriately when you are ready to eat.
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