We love finding different recipes to create during the summer when you want something delicious and light but are sick of eating lettuce for every meal (no offense, lettuce). And our Chickpea Panzanella Salad is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds! It’s simple and fresh and the mix of colors in the dish itself creates a beautiful presentation that makes it ideal for a dinner party, outdoor BBQ or date night!
This recipe is so easy to make at home because it requires a limited amount of ingredients and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. It’s flavorful and filling and the toasted bread gives it that extra crunch that we love in a salad. It’s perfect for those summer evenings when you don’t want to be standing over a stove for more than 10 minutes and can be served room temperature or chilled, based on your preference. So kick back and relax as you enjoy this delicious salad and the free time that this easy recipe gives you!
Chickpea Panzanella Salad
Recipe serves 4-6
1 ciabatta loaf (or any kind of crusty bread)
2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes
1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
3 ounces feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (we suggest doing a little extra for garnish)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
First preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While it’s preheating, cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. Once cut, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste), garlic powder and onion powder. Place the bread cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes or until toasted and golden.
Next combine cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, feta, red onion and basil in a large bowl, adding the bread cubes in once they’re toasted. In a separate smaller bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, pepper and salt (to taste) and stir with a whisk. Once mixed, pour your dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.
Pro Tip: Serve with grilled chicken, grilled shrimp or grilled salmon for the perfect meal on a summer evening!