This panzanella salad is my way of telling Fall to back the f*** up.
It’s one thing to be bombarded with back-to-school stuff and pumpkin flavored baked goods. But I almost lost my cool when I spotted Halloween candy at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.
Um. Just no. Let’s all get ahold of ourselves and remember that it’s not even September yet. I’m still rocking a bathing suit on a daily basis. And from what I can tell, there is no room for Halloween candy on this Summer body. So that shit is going to have to stay on the shelf until sweater weather has arrived.
Instead, I bring you this Tomato, Melon and Cornbread Panzanella Salad. Which highlights gorgeous late Summer heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, mixed greens and sun-ripened honeydew melon. It’s savory, sweet and most importantly, in season.
I’m a big fan of panzanella salads and I’ve got a couple recipes here on the blog. Earlier this year I discovered that by using different types of bread, I could easily change up the flavor profile and bring new life to my panzanella salad recipes. So when I spotted a recipe from Food52 that incorporates cornbread instead of traditional French or Italian bread that is more typically used, I knew I had to make a similar version at home. I decided to add in some honeydew melon (you could also use cantaloupe) for sweetness and chopped bacon for that perfect salty contrast. And I added in a few extra greens to help bulk things up a bit, making this dish more than worthy of a main meal.
It’s best to use cornbread that’s a day or two old for this recipe. You can bake up your favorite homemade version. Or buy a loaf from the grocery store. It’s all good.
I found I didn’t need any extra dressing for this salad. The juices from the tomatoes and the honeydew melon was enough of a coating for my tastes. But feel free to add a splash of either apple cider or balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, if that suits your fancy.
Someone mentioned something about pumpkin last week and I nearly cried.
Really? I can’t even deal.
July is the heart of Summer. It’s the main event. The prime time slot, if you will. It’s what I wait for all year long. And I won’t have it overshadowed with thoughts of pumpkin.
If you’re on board with these sentiments, keep reading. And if not, check back mid-September. I’ll probably have something for you then.
A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a grilling method for pork tenderloin called the “7-6-5 method”. And it has seriously changed my life for the better. Because even as a confident and experienced cook, I’ve had my fair share of poorly executed meat dishes. Especially when it comes to grilling. It’s all to easy to end up with a charred exterior and an undercooked interior. But the 7-6-5 method has proved it’s worthiness time and time again. And it’s turned pork tenderloin into one of my most favorite (and most foolproof!) cuts of meat to grill during the Summer months.
Also, nothing pairs better with so many of my beloved Summer staples than grilled pork tenderloin. It’s a versatile canvas for a variety of savory-sweet salsas, chutneys and relishes. In fact, I don’t think I’ve found any combination that doesn’t work. Today I’ve topped mine with a mixture of raw corn, cherries, cilantro and diced jalapeño pepper. Who knows what combination I’ll try out next!
I’m sharing my recipe for this Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Corn-Cherry Salsa as part of our monthly #eatseaonal round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Be sure to have a peak at Becky’s July guide for dozens of recipe ideas that take full advantage of this month’s fruits and vegetables. And check out the links below for even more seasonal recipes created by some of my talented blogging friends.
And back away from the pumpkin, people. Just back away.
July Eat Seasonal Recipes
Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad by Food for My Family
Grilled Green Onion & Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chèvre by Simple Bites
Chicken Gyro Bowls with Summer Veggies by Vintage Mixer
Latin Chipotle Quinoa Salad with Avocado by Foodie Crush
Broccoli Kale Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing by Flavor the Moments
Peasy Easy Sweet Pea Mint Soup by Letty’s Kitchen
Grilled Summer Squash with Feta, Lemon & Fresh Herbs by Mountain Mama Cooks
Artichoke and Avocado Dip by Kitchen Confidante
Grilled Squash, Corn and Kale Salad by Completely Delicious (not pictured)