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How could panzanella, a classic Italian salad made of bread soaked in fresh herbs and vegetables, possibly be improved you may wonder? Add some Southern flair with a dazzling combination of buttery cornbread, crispy bacon, and black eyed peas. - Raychel, Recipe Hunter Raychel, Recipe Hunter

Raychel Vieira

THE RECIPE

Southern Style Cornbread Panzanella

Repurpose your leftover cornbread with this Southern-style panzanella

Sometimes lettuce just doesn’t cut it. When you’re craving a quick salad but need a little more than what lettuce or simple greens can provide, dig out the ingredients for this hearty cornbread panzanella salad. Panzanella, a Tuscan dish, is traditionally a salad made with leftover bread, fresh tomatoes, and onions, and is often dressed with olive oil, vinegar, and basil. The contrast between the hearty soaked bread and fresh juicy vegetables makes this meal the perfect summertime lunch. Never too dry, and always bursting with fresh flavors, the perfect panzanella makes it hard to go back to a traditional leafy salad.

This version of cornbread panzanella uses the American South as inspiration to transform the traditional dish into one full of classic Southern flavors. By substituting cornbread for white bread, Marissa adds a buttery undertone that is contrasted by the addition of crispy, salty bacon. In lieu of tomatoes and onions, this recipe calls for fresh sage leaves, black eyed peas, kale, and creamy delicata squash making this panzanella filling enough to eat as a meal on its own — just pair it with some sweet tea and dig in!

 

THE CHEF

Marissa Stevens

Recipe Writer and Photographer

Marissa Stevens-Pinch and Swirl

I love to cook simply and seasonally with whole foods. Cooking is my path to creativity, to health, and to connecting with others. My motto - Love people, cook them tasty food!

Marissa is creative and honest voice behind Pinch and Swirl. Her blog is written in journal format and combines newly created and borrowed recipes in order to give her readers both the familiarity of expertly crafted recipes along with the added benefit of honest and helpful commentary and tips. Through her blog, she is able to share her kitchen triumphs and expert tips meant to propel her readers into the kitchen. The name of her blog, Pinch and Swirl, comes from the idea that everything tastes better with a pinch of salt and a swirl of olive oil, and we couldn’t agree more. Alternating between sweet and savory dishes, always made from fresh, wholesome ingredients, Marissa is able to satisfy every taste bud. From her savory Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes to her sweet Dark Chocolate Lavender Blueberry Truffles, there is truly something for everyone. Just remember to add a pinch of salt, and a swirl of olive oil.

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THE TIP

Squash 101: All About Delicata Squash

Everything you need to know about delicata squash including how to peel, seed, and prepare it and why you should never leave the supermarket without one.

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  • Marissa

    Thank you so much for including me here. I’m truly honored.