Harvest Bread Salad

by Kelly on October 11, 2009

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Thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program I had the chance to sample two of Nature’s Pride loaves of bread: 100% Whole Wheat and 12 Grain. Even better, Nature’s Pride is offering sponsorships for six bloggers to attend the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco this November. To enter, bloggers must create an original recipe using the bread. For my entry I decided to whip up a bread salad. When I think of bread salad I typically think of the more traditional Panzanella, where cubes of crusty day-old bread absorbs the juices of garden-fresh tomatoes.  From my recent finds at the farmers’ market, however, I knew I needed to switch my sights from the traditional tomatoes to the treasures of fall: Concord grapes and Macintosh apples.  I mixed these fall fruits up with cashews, dried cherries, celery, and chunks of oven-crisped 100% whole wheat bread.  When tossed in my favorite lightened creamy dressing and garnished with chives it made for a flavorful way to capture the season.  I love the creamy tart & sweet dressing against the juicy fruits, crunch of the cashews, and heartiness of the bread.

Harvest Bread Salad
Serves 4  

Ingredients:
- 2 cups cubed whole grain bread (I used Nature’s Pride 100% Whole Wheat)
- Cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 ounces plain low-fat organic Greek-style yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup halved seedless grapes
- 1/4 cup cashews, toasted, lightly crushed
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1 apple, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

Method:
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the bread cubes out on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and spray with cooking spray. Toss well to coat. Bake until the cubes are nicely golden and crispy on the outside.

While bread is cooling, stir together dressing ingredients (mayo through salt and pepper). Toss together the bread, dressing, celery, grapes, cashews, apple, dried cherries, and chives.

I’m off to a canning party in a few and I cannot wait. For those who have canned before, what are your favorite things to can?

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sherri October 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm

This looks so tasty. Great recipe.

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Lori October 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

That sounds delicious! I really like the Nature’s Pride bread.

I have never canned, but I do make my own jam and love it!

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Peanut Butter Bliss October 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm

holy moly does this ever look great :) thanks for the recipe!

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Shari October 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I love the ingredients in this recipe. It sounds delicious, original and interesting! I nver think of bread IN a salad! Nice job!

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Kelly October 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Shari – Thank you, you are too kind.

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Lauren October 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

This is such a creative bread recipe, Kelly! Great contest entry.

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Kelly October 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Lauren. You always have such inventive ideas on your site so that means a lot.

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Reeni October 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm

This is loaded with delicious goodies!! I really like it. Good luck!!

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Kelly October 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Reeni, there have been some awesome entries floating around the blogosphere so I am keeping my fingers crossed but there are so many deserving winners.

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Guava October 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

YAY!! Got my votE!!!!

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Kelly October 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Guava – As always, you’re way too sweet.

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Kelly October 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Sherri, Lori, & Peanut Butter Bliss – Thank you. Jams will definitely have to be on my ‘to make’ list.

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Kerstin October 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I love your twist on Panzanella, what a creative and delicious entry! Good luck!

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shannon October 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

this looks great! panzanella is another thing i’ve been meaning to try out, but i love this version. don’t think i’ve ever tried concord grapes… and i think i need to fix that :)

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I love the combination of ingredients in this delicious salad! Excellent with fruits & dried cherries & cashews!

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CaSaundra October 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

I love seeing all the recipes bloggers are coming up with using that bread–yours would be perfect for a summer picnic :-)

I love canning salsa and pickles, both of which my grandpa taught me to do.

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Carolyn Jung October 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Kind of a creamy twist on a panzanella salad. Yum!

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