Delicious Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful sweet bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the barbecue for an easy outdoor summer meal with your favorite grilled protein!  Vegan!

Delicious Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful sweet bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the barbecue for an easy outdoor summer meal with your favorite grilled protein!  Vegan!

With nothing to compare yourself to, aren’t you perfect?” ~Byron Katie

This salad is great for warm summer days.  No indoor cooking needed!  But really, it is so tasty and easy, you’ll be making it all year round!

Grilled colorful bell peppers along with sweet onion and rustic bread get a boost in flavor from a little toasty char.  Tossed with white beans, artichokes, lots of fresh peppery basil and dressed with a simple flavorful white balsamic vinaigrette.  Pretty satisfying as is or fancy it up with chèvre and kalamata olives.

ingredients of tuscan bread salad

Ingredients in Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad:

  • bell peppers
  • sweet onion
  • white beans
  • artichoke hearts
  • rustic bread
  • basil leaves
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

cut veggies and bread

This Tuscan Bread Salad works with many types of loaves.  I like using rustic sourdough, country white, or multi-grain.  Day-old bakery bread is perfect!  Or use your own sourdough bread!

How to make Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad

Step One:

Slice bread about 1 inch thick.  If your bread is already sliced- no problem!  Just watch it on the grill, as the thinner it is the more quickly it will toast.

Cut peppers into about 4 pieces per pepper, cutting so there is more flat surface area to grill.

veggies cooking on the grill

Step Two:

Preheat grill.

Brush bread and peppers with oil and salt.

Grill hot until lightly charred, yet still leaving the peppers and onions with a little crunch and the bread is toasty. Set grilled veggies aside to cool.

ingredients in the vinaigrette

Step Three:

Whisk up the vinaigrette.

vinaigrette in bowl

This is a lovely bright and subtly sweet dressing that works well for a lot of tender summer green salads.

beans and artichokes in bowl with vinaigrette

Step Four:

Add the drained beans, artichoke hearts and dressing to your bowl.  Add torn basil leaves.

tearing bread into the salad

Step Five:

Tear in toasted bread.  This gives irregular edges that that soak up the dressing yet still leaving crunchy crusty parts.  Alternatively, you can cube the bread with a knife and it may stay a bit more crusty if that is your preference.

Toss salad all together and serve immediately!  This is a fun one for entertaining outdoor dinner parties.  It is easy to throw together while visiting with guests.

Delicious Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful sweet bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the barbecue for an easy outdoor summer meal with your favorite grilled protein!  Vegan!

What to serve with Tuscan Bread Salad:

Delicious Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful sweet bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the barbecue for an easy outdoor summer meal with your favorite grilled protein!  Vegan!

Hope you enjoy!

~Tonia

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Delicious Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful sweet bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the barbecue for an easy outdoor summer meal with your favorite grilled protein!  Vegan!

Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad, vegan
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad with colorful bell peppers, artichoke hearts and white beans tossed in a flavorful white balsamic dressing.  Make it on the grill for easy outdoor summer meals!  Simple to make and totally vegan!


Ingredients

Scale

Salad

  • 1/2 of a rustic bread loaf, about 4 slices, cut into 1 ” slices (smaller is fine if your loaf is pre-sliced)
  • 3 bell peppers varies colors, cutting so there is more flat surface area to grill, about 4 pieces per pepper
  • 1 sweet onion, slice in 1/2″ thick rings
  • 15 oz white beans, drained
  • 15 oz artichoke hearts in water, drained and sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup white balsamic
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Brush olive oil on all sides of peppers and onions.  Sprinkle with salt just before placing on a preheated hot grill.
  2. Grill until peppers and onions are lightly charred on both sides and the bread slices are toasty on both sides.  Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the vinaigrette.
  4. Drain white beans and place in a bowl with artichoke hearts.
  5. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss together.
  6. Cut grilled vege and bread into bite-sized chunks and toss in bowl along with fresh basil leaves.
  7. Taste and add more dressing and salt and pepper as needed.

Notes

You may have dressing left over.  It is great on a green salad, steamed greens, grilled veggies!

Add chèvre or kalamata olives.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 8.2 g
  • Sodium: 477.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.6 g
  • Fiber: 18.5 g
  • Protein: 12.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: bread salad, tuscan bread salad, grilled bread salad, vegan bread salad, bread salad with grilled veggies, Panzanella salad

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  1. Fabulous! Everyone at the table loved the combination of flavors. Tangy, yet slightly sweet, I will definitely be making this recipe throughout the summer. We served it with fresh halibut, but it could easily stand alone. Thanks for all the great recipes. Everyone I’ve tried has been a hit.

  2. Great summer recipe. The whole family loved it! I made some shrimps and the tomatoes vinaigrette to serve with.

  3. I made this last night. Loved how the crispy bread soaked up the yummy dressing. Very Tangy!

  4. Made this tonight for the two of us. YUMMY! Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s a keeper!

  5. I haven’t made this yet, but will likely tomorrow! Raining here today. Did you use water packed artichokes in a tin or in oil?

    If I might add your site is my go to for recipies. Everything works, it’s trustworthy and our meals come out beautifully. The recipies are all so adaptable as well,. I have shared it with my daughters and friends and co workers.. I had one friend who forgot I had sent her the link last year send me a recipe to tell me I had to try your website. Co workers ask when I have leftovers for lunch what smells so good and so the are introduced to Feasting at Home.

    1. Artichokes in water!
      Thanks so much for the kind words. We really appreciate hearing this!

  6. Question: No lightly grilling the bread before slicing it and adding it to the salad? Or preference for day old bread? Any concern that it will get soggy quickly?

    1. Hi Mary- the bread is grilled in slices along with the peppers and onions. Day old bread works great, but I also use fresh and just toast it well. Toss the bread in just before serving and it is both perfectly crusty and soft where it picks up the dressing.😊