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.
– 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
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?