Chickpea Panzanella Salad
This Chickpea Panzanella Salad is made with only 7 main ingredients and is SO addictive! It’s perfect for any get togethers, parties or even a delicious lunch or dinner!
HAPPY SUMMER! WAIT. False alarm – I’m still early for that. I’m not sure what the weather is like by you, but I am absolutely melting over here!!! The weather is already screaming summer, so why don’t we go ahead and get ready for all those amazing summer barbecues, get- togethers, pool parties and just straight up fun events that you’re going to?!
This Chickpea Panzanella Salad will wow your guests, your kids, your family and most importantly your stomach. SO much flavour, so easy to make and SO filling thanks to all that protein from the chickpeas.
Do you remember my Greek Panzanella Salad aka Tuscan Tomato & Bread Salad? After making that and enjoying it, I knew I would have to come back with another Panzanella Salad for you. If you’re not sure what this is, it’s literally the best version of salad ever. It’s toasted bread which soaks in a delicious balsamic vinaigrette but DOES NOT get soggy (mind-blown), combined with tomatoes, cucumber and red onions. That’s it. The flavours are so on point, and I used my absolute favourite balsamic vinaigrette for this salad. First of all, it’s the most ingenious way to serve fancy 10x better croutons, and the fact that it gets better the longer it sits in your fridge is EVEN better.
So I wanted to add some more greatness to this salad without over doing it, and it hit me that I used this same dressing in my 15 minute chickpea salad. It wasn’t long before my brain did the math and realised that my chickpea salad was basically this minus the bread. Thus, this Chickpea Panzanella Salad was born. Not only do chickpeas add even more flavour and some delicious texture, the protein means you stay full friends! That also means that this salad could easily be packed as a work lunch and it would keep you for the rest of the day. Tasty and actually filling? Win win.
My basil has been growing like crazy, so I definitely knew I would have to serve that up with this. Basil has such a beautiful flavour and it just honestly enhances all the deliciousness already going on here. This salad takes like, 15 minutes to make, and then you can leave it to sit for 30 minutes to up to an hour. Trust me, the 30 minutes is so worth it. In fact, taste it right before, and then taste it after 30 minutes, and I bet you’ll see a grand difference in how the vinaigrette soaks into everything and delivers so much flavour.
Final point before I give you the recipe for this Chickpea Panzanella Salad ? – you HAVE to toast the bread. You should use a stale bread – I like to use a baguette from our neighbour bakery, since this is already a great dry candidate for our salad. Toasting the bread helps to prevent it from getting soggy, so this step will keep your salad even longer.
Enjoy and happy eating!! P.S. be sure to also check out my Strawberry Panzanella Salad with a Balsamic GLAZE. YUM.
Chickpea 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 cooked chickpeas, washed and drained, 425g
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
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.
- 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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I would happily devour the whole plate! Can’t resist a good homemade salad!
Thanks Angie!! Same here!
this salad looks pretty good! I think that the vinaigrette makes all the difference!
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks so much Makos and you’re so welcome!!
This was great! Really quick and easy. I don’t love raw onion, but I had some quick pickled ones in the fridge that were an easy substitute!
step 3 is a repetition of step 2 — could the recipe please be updated (ie step 3), so we know for sure what to do with the other ingredients, please? (it is probably not critical, but would be helpful).
Thanks for pointing that out – just updated!
Should the salad be refrigerated or left out at room temp for the 30min – 1 hour resting time? Can’t wait to try it! Thank you.
Either is fine!