Low FODMAP Panzanella with Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Basil
What is Low FODMAP Panzanella? It is bread salad, and before I lose you here and you think that sounds odd, let me entice you.
Cubes of sourdough bread, tossed in garlic-infused olive oil and lightly toasted, combined with farm-fresh juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, fresh basil and mozzarella, all dressed in a red wine vinaigrette –
and it gets better after it sits for a while –
which means it is a fantastic salad for entertaining, yet it is easy enough for a weeknight.
Make It Fresh
Panzanella is best made when tomatoes are ripe. Really ripe. Perfectly ripe. They must be super juicy – choose one’s that are heavy for their size – and they should have exceptional flavor. (Time to make our Caprese, too.)
This is the time to shop at the farmers market – or if you grow tomatoes (or your neighbor does), this is the recipe to make.
Low FODMAP, Top to Bottom
Beefsteak tomatoes and cucumbers have both shown no detectable FODMAPs during lab testing.
Persian cucumbers, sometimes called mini seedless cucumbers (see below), are small, slender cucumbers that have very few, if any, seeds. Their skin is tender enough to leave on, which we like. You could use other cucumbers in a total of 6-ounces (170 g); just make sure to seed and you might have to peel, depending.
Sourdough bread – real wheat-based sourdough bread – is low FODMAP. Surprised?
While wheat contains fructans (a FODMAP), the fructans are largely consumed during a long fermentation, leaving the resulting bread low FODMAP. Note that the presence of yeast on the ingredient list does not necessarily mean anything.
It should go without saying that this dish is not gluten-free.
I do not recommend making this with GF bread. I have not found an equivalent that will provide the desired chewy texture and sour wheat flavor as traditional sourdough, but this is your choice.
This Low FODMAP Panzanella is a traditional recipe that is so easy, even non-cooks will have success.
Try it when tomatoes are ripe!
Low FODMAP Panzanella
Panzanella is bread salad! Made with juicy ripe tomatoes and in this case, sourdough bread.
- 4- ounces (115 g) sourdough bread bite-sized cubes
- 5 tablespoons Garlic-Infused Oil, made with olive oil, or purchased equivalent, divided
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2- pounds (910 g) very ripe beefsteak tomatoes, cored and chopped
ounces (225 g)
(I use small
Ciliegine, torn into bite-sized pieces)
- 2 (85 g total) Persian seedless mini cucumbers, trimmed and chopped crosswise
- ½ cup (32 g) chopped scallions, green parts only
- 1 tablespoon drained, brine-packed capers
- 1/3 cup (10 g) fresh basil leaves, chopped or torn
- ¼ cup (8 g) fresh flat leaf parsley leaves chopped or torn
- 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Generous ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Toss the bread cubes together with 2 tablespoons of the oil in a bowl until well coated. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Scatter on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until just beginning to take on some color, about 8 minutes. Toss the cubes around once during baking for even toasting. Cool.
Meanwhile, toss together the tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumbers, scallions and capers in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in cooled bread, then toss in fresh herbs.
Whisk together remaining oil with red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Dress the salad to lightly moisten and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. The flavors and textures will meld and it becomes more than a sum of its parts.
- If you have access to heirloom tomatoes of different colors and flavors, by all means use them for a more intricate panoply of visuals and taste.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.