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.
I’m on a serious mission to “eat the Summer”. Local produce is abundant (and almost overwhelming) at the moment. And I want to taste it all. I want to fill my belly with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries and everything in between. In hopes that when Old Man Winter arrives, I’ll be able to retain some warm memories of the sweet, juicy flavors that this season has to offer.
But why should we just “eat the Summer” when we could also drink it? Farm-to-glass is just as important as farm-to-table. And that’s exactly what today’s post is all about. Welcome to the 2016 addition of #drinkthesummer! A crazy awesome round-up of bloggers bringing their best seasonally-inspired cocktail and mocktail recipes to the internet. I hope you’re thirsty!
I couldn’t think of a better recipe for #drinkthesummer than something that was actually created with the heat of the Summer sun. So I made a sun tea with fresh peaches, lemon and a little maple syrup. And I made damn sure to use the ripest, juiciest peaches that I could find for maximum peach flavor. I highly suggest you try and do the same.
Sun tea is all about patience. You’ll want to let your tea brew in direct sunlight for 4-6 hours. And then give it some time in your refrigerator to chill before serving. So be sure to start your journey early in the day if you want to enjoy these Peach Sun Tea and Bourbon Cocktails as an evening sipper.
If you prefer, you can certainly serve this as a non-alcohol beverage. But the splash of bourbon and peach brandy is a nice addition, in my humble opinion. I hope you try it out.
You can find links to all the other bloggers recipes on Sherrie’s blog right here. There are over 50 amazing recipes being contributed this year. Hooray! And I want to send out a big thank you to Sherrie for organizing the event and bringing us all together to #drinkthesummer!