11.04.2009

Fall Panzanella with Pomegranate Dressing



I have decided it is imperative that I have a panzanella for every season. Traditionally a tomato and bread salad, I am not patient enough to wait for summer to roll around each year. How many dishes do you know that are versatile enough for both a quick dinner and impressing guests? Good thing I like messing with tradition.

Spring brought this one with leeks and asparagus, summer I kept it (somewhat) traditional with tomatoes, and I am currently plotting away for winter. But this month, I urge you to try a fall version, celebrating the harvest with an amazing crunch. I will do my best to curtail this love affair and not turn this into a panzanella blog.

But I can’t make any promises.



Fall Panzanella
serves 4

salad
1/2 loaf wheat ciabatta bread, cut into 1" cubes
3 T olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 apples, cored and cut into cubes
3 celery sticks, chopped
2 T fresh herbs (I used sage & rosemary)
1/2 c pomegranate seeds

dressing
1/4 c pomegranate juice
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 t salt
2 t honey
1 t apple cider vinegar

Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste. Broil 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add apple cubes, celery, herbs and pomegranate seeds.

In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Add to salad, tossing to combine. Season to taste, and serve immediately.

22 comments:

Johanna said...

beautiful - and great idea to have panzanella for every season - makes me want to run out and buy some good sourdough for a bowlful

Mathyld / encore petite said...

Oh my ! That sounds so tasty !
Your posts always make me starving, even when I just had a nice dinner !
x x x
___mathyld___

Rachel said...

I'm totally going for it, ps. your pumpkin patch pictures are lovely!

jacqueline said...

OH WOW this looks soo beautiful and yummiee! This recipe is going to my 'fresh365' list! Pomegranate seeds are yummie! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely merry happy day! Love to you!

Karine said...

Great dressing! I love pomegranate :)

Oraphan said...

Oh, that salad looks absolutely beautiful and delicious! The pomegranate dressing sounds so good, I'll definitely give it a try very soon, thanks for the recipe:)

Jennyjen said...

Mmmmm! Gorgeous.

Tracy said...

Seasonal panzanellas... now that's great thinking! I love the beautiful and delight of the addition of pomegrantes to your fall take on panzanella...beautiful! :o)

Annie said...

I was thinking that I need a panzanella for every season as well! I created one yesterday actually and your recipe is on my list for next week.

Joy said...

This looks awesome, I love love LOVE panzanella -- this is definitely interesting and a must try. Thanks for sharing!

Dana said...

That sounds wonderful! I think pomegranates in salad are absolutely incredible, both the flavor and the texture.

simpledaisy said...

That looks awesome!! I love fresh pomegranate.
Your photos are just lovely! I am so in need of a new camera.
Do you have a dslr?!?!?

nellapasta said...

Beautiful! What a great way to make a colorful fall salad. At Thanksgiving, we pretty much use pomegranate seeds to garnish everything! Try sprinkling over roasted brussels sprouts for a pop of flavor and color

Lauren said...

that looks SO fresh and delicious, your photography is beautiful!
i've never had panzanella before, but i definitely would love to try it now. :)

christy e. said...

i love how easy this looks to make. i've never messed with pomegranate that much cause everyone always says they are so messy. but how can i resist a recipe that looks so gosh-darn delicious???

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm this sounds like a great salad! By the way I just made your tortellini spinach soup for dinner last night. Super easy, comforting and filling.

Leyla said...

What a fabulous salad! I must try this!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comment! Your blog is absolutely scrumptious and I am certainly bookmarking it! So I'll be back later for sure!

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Gorgeous pictures and the recipe sounds so yummy!

Kate Gallagher said...

oh yum. yum yum yum! I looove your blog-- your photography is fantastic!

fresh365 said...

simpledaisy- Yes, I have a canon rebel and usually shoot with a macro lens.(sorry for the delay, I was sick for a few days- no fun!)

{kiss my spatula} said...

ohhh..love the pomegranate dressing! so perfect and so gorgeous!

Rebecca said...

I made this salad for a dinner party this past weekend and it was a huge success! I love how everything you make is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing!