How’s your salad game these days?
I’m going to brag here for a second: mine has been pretty epically awesome.
This is partly because I just love getting my creative juices flowing when it comes to assembling salads. But also, it was of the utmost importance that my salads be on point the last few days. Because holy shit, did I overdo it on Thanksgiving (and in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, if I’m being completely honest with myself). By the time the Holiday was over, the combination of excess eating, drinking and stress had me run down in a way that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
So it’s been salads, water, rest and exercise. On repeat. Until I have to ramp things up again for Christmas madness.
The idea for this Autumn Harvest Panzanella Salad with Pumpkin Bread came to me in the shower (I always get the best ideas in the shower!) about two weeks ago. I was struggling to come up with a new Fall/Winter salad combination. And then BOOM! The idea hit me like a ton of bricks: make a panzanella salad with pumpkin quick bread instead of regular bread.
At first I didn’t know if that would be totally weird. Would pumpkin quick bread be too sweet? Or not hold up as well against the dressing? But it totally works. And I just love the combination of flavors and textures that this salad provides. It’s anything but boring. And I really digging the seasonally appropriate nature of this recipe, too. Panzanella salads aren’t just for Summer anymore, friends!
I used leftover pumpkin quick bread that I had from the grocery store (yes, I didn’t even bother making my own). But you can bake up a loaf of your favorite recipe. Or buy a loaf from your local bakery. It’s all good. Since quick breads are generally moister than regular breads, just toast the pumpkin bread cubes in your oven (sans olive oil) for a few minutes until they dry out a bit. This will help the bread from getting overly soggy in your salad.
As with most salads, you can totally do your own thing if you want to switch up some of the ingredients. Carrots instead of parsnips totally works. Broccoli instead of brussels sprouts is spot on. And maybe try pears instead of apples. Go wild and have fun with it!
Autumn Harvest Panzanella Salad with Pumpkin Bread
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For the Dressing:
I think I may be in the overdone it camp too Liz! I’m also desperately in need of salads, water and lots and lots of exercise! I’ll take this salad first though! I love all the ingredients you’ve got going here. Great idea to add the pumpkin bread.Nice light dressing too! Thanks for sharing! Happy Monday!
Cheers to eating all the veggies this week! 🙂
The shower is literally where 99% of my ideas come to me. So bizarre isn’t it?!
Me too! Have you seen that reddit thread called “Shower Thoughts”?
This salad is exactly what I need for office lunch! Thank you so much !
Awesome! I hope you love it!
Pumpkin bread is brilliant, Liz! I love all the fall veggies you’ve crammed into this scrumptious salad… texture, flavor, creamy, salty, sweet – it’s packed! I didn’t over do it too much for Thanksgiving – okay maybe on the sangria, but I restrained on the pumpkin pie – the key for me is to not have any leftovers in the house! Now, on to the cookies! 😀
Oh I know, the leftovers are the real killer. I gave most of mine away so I wouldn’t be tempted!
I’ve been totally off my salad game, so this is KILLER! I never would have thought to put pumpkin bread in, so I love this so much! xo
It’s such an easy way to change things up a bit! I hope you try it out!
okay the pumpkin bread is AWESOME! yes your salad game is on POINT my friend. I’ll join you!
Let’s have a salad party!
This is my kinda autumn grub!
Dig in, Gerry!
This looks like salad perfection!
It’s full of all my favorites!
Such a fun idea, i love pumpkin bread and I never would have thought of this one 🙂
It’s a fun twist on panzanella salad for sure!
So beautiful and VERY creative with the pumpkin bread- i love this!
Thanks, Heather! The pumpkin bread is a great way to change things up!
LOVE this salad so much!!!
It’s one of those salads that doesn’t feel like a salad!