Autumn Panzanella Salad

by Kiran on November 12, 2013 · 72 comments

in bread, Salads, Sides

Hey friends! Hope your week is off to a great start. Mine is typically busy, which includes wasting precious time tackling chores that I absolutely detest. Can you make a guess?

No?

Let me help you navigate through the bane of my existence: folding laundry, unloading the dishwasher and packing/unpacking for travels.

It’s minute and so boring.

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Boring aside, let me tell you what I’d rather do: daydream about walking through the night markets in Kuala Lumpur while savoring delicious street foods with my family. Or visiting my childhood friend that I’ve known for more than 25 years now.

Time flies, savor it as much as you can.

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Take this salad for example. Before you know it, autumn is gone, pumpkin and squash is no longer significant. Put the laundry, dishes and packing on hold. Make use of the day old bread and squashes lying around, begging for attention.

And before you know it, there’s a big bowl of autumn salad so flavorful, you’d want autumn to linger.

Forever.

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Apart from slathering pumpkin butter over toasted pumpkin beer bread — why not try toasting and cubing up the leftovers? Instead of tossing it with oil and baking it to make croutons, toasting does the same job as well! Without the unnecessary added fat. Toss it into this salad, and of course, with some pumpkin beer in tow.

Too much of pumpkin? Never. It’s NEVER too much when it comes to pumpkin.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 medium beets, quartered
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small squash (i used sweet dumpling & gold acorn), sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 handfuls of tender greens
  • 3 thick slices of pumpkin beer bread (or any bread), toasted and cubed
  • some pepita seeds

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line two baking sheet’s with parchment paper. Throw on quartered beets on one and toss it with pinch of salt, black pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast it for 45 minutes.
  2. Meantime, add sliced squash in a huge bowl. Toss it with the rest of ingredients (olive oil, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika and cinnamon) and spread it onto the second baking sheet. Roast it for 20 minutes, in 400F.
  3. Remove roasted veggies from oven to cool.
  4. Add vinaigrette ingredients into a mason jar, secure the top and shake vigorously to emulsify.
  5. In a large salad bowl, add tender salad greens, cubed toasted pumpkin beer bread, cooled roasted veggies and drizzle on some vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Serve at room temperature garnished with pepita seeds.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Have a great week, friends. I’m off to Malaysia and India today. Can’t wait to spend time with the family. It’s been a while and there’s so much catching up to do!

See you from the other side of the world!!

What’s your favorite recipe to utilize day-old bread?

 

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1 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

have safe travels. Cant wait to hear about your trip <3
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2 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Dixya — thanks love :)

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3 sowmya November 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Looks delicious kiran !! I spent my weekend cleaning the house too. I love this autumn salad. Have a safe trip !! Happy journey :)
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4 Ash-foodfashionparty November 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

How exciting, enjoy with family and chat up a lot. Hugs.

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5 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Ash — thanks so much, sweetie :) Hugs!

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6 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Sowmya — thanks so much, friend :)

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7 Daniela @ Foodrecipeshq November 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Wish you a safe trip and a great stay with your family. Enjoy every bit of it, Kiran!
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8 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Daniela — thank you so much!! i’d do that, for sure :) xo

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9 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Wow! What a gorgeous autumn salad, Kiran!!!! Pinned!
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10 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Denise — thank you so much, friend! xoxo

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11 Sommer@ASP November 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

That is just gorgeous, and so healthy!
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12 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Sommer — thanks love :)

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13 Heather @ French Press November 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

this is by far the BEST salad ever! and stunning photos
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14 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Heather — no way!! you are too sweet :D

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15 Monica November 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I feel all dreamy when I stepped into your space here! : ) What a great idea to dry toast your pumpkin bread and use in the salad here. The maple ginger vinaigrette sounds lovely too.
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16 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Monica — thanks so much, friend. I just can’t fathom the idea of bitting into croutons that are soaked in oil or butter.

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17 Tandy | Lavender and Lime November 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Lovely recipe :) safe travels and have a great time!
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18 Rosa November 13, 2013 at 2:07 AM

A beautiful autumn panzanella! Colorful and surely mighty delicious. Fabulous shots, as always.

Cheers,

Rosa

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19 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Thanks Rosa! Hope you are keeping well :)

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20 Kelly November 13, 2013 at 7:10 AM

This is such a pretty autumn looking salad! Have a great trip Kiran, it will be so nice that you will get to spend some time with your family:)
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21 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Kelly — thanks sweetie, hope you are keeping well :)

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22 Maria | Pink Patisserie November 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

What a lovely salad Kiran! This would go really well on our Thanksgiving table.. Have a fantastic trip!
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23 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Maria — thank you so much and hope this recipe sits on your Thanksgiving table this year :)

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24 Coffee and Crumpets November 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Bon voyage! Have a great trip Kiran! Thanks for this gorgeous salad, all the autumn flavours in one neat package.
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25 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Nazneen — thanks so much, love :)

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26 Shema | LifeScoops November 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Love this salad… I can eat bowls of this !!!
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27 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Shema — me too ;)

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28 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Have a safe and wonderful trip, I cannot wait to hear about it!
Lovely salad, as always! I wish it was tomorrow’s lunch! x

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29 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Consuelo — it’s never to late for tomorrows lunch! thanks, sweetie :)

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30 john@kitchenriffs November 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Have a great trip! We’ll be eager to hear all about it. And eager to try this salad, too. So many great fall flavors! Love it. Thanks.
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31 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Thanks so much, John!

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32 Choc Chip Uru November 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Hope you have a super awesome trip my friend :D

Cheers
CCU
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33 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Thank you so much, Uru! You are way too sweet, my friend :)

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34 Kumar's Kitchen November 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

a warm and delicious salad…great way to celebrate autumn before it flies away…absolutely loved the vinaigrette,thanks for sharing :-)
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35 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Thanks Kumar, glad you loved this recipe :)

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36 Mallika November 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM

Happy Travelling!!! Sure there will be lots of charming smiles, warm welcome, chats and laughs to catch up with and hope u have a great time with your family and friends.

Lovely looking autumn salad. Pumpkins are not my favourite, but I think you’ve got the ability to make me a convert!
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37 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Mallika — thank you so much, friend! please convert ;)

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38 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 14, 2013 at 4:41 AM

Delicious and beautiful as always! I love this fall perfect salad.
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39 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Thanks Angie! Have a great weekend :)

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40 shweta a November 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Amazing pictures (as usual)…So tempting salad,nice way to use the leftover pumpkin…Happy fall:) :)
BTW…which camera u use?
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41 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Shweta — thanks so much! i’m using a basic beginner DSLR Nikon D5000, with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens. it should never be about the camera or lens :)

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42 Patty November 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I’m enjoying following your travels on IG…and I wish I had a plate of this lovely Fall inspired salad right now ;)
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43 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Patty — thank you and I’m so glad you are enjoying my IG feeds :)

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44 Daniela November 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

It’s always such a temptation just looking at the gorgeous pics…..and then I’m craving for this pumpkin recipe and want to try it ASAP:)
Kiran, you make each seasonal ingredient look so inviting.
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45 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Daniela — thank you so much, my friend! your thoughtful and generous comments always make my day :)

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46 Lizzy (Good Things) November 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Such a beautiful salad, Kiran!
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47 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Thanks Lizzy :)

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48 simi November 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

great option for a weeknight meal. Love the colors
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49 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Simi — thank you so much :)

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50 Monet November 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I was just telling Ryan how much I HATE laundry. My least favorite for sure. I wish I could just cook all day! And this salad? So good! Thank you for sharing. A delicious end to a long Thursday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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51 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Monet — I’m with you. Wish I could just cook, style and shoot all day long. The rest of chores seems so mundane.

And of course, play with Lucy. That’s a huge bonus :D

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52 Jordan November 15, 2013 at 1:43 AM

So so flavorful – yum!!!

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53 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Jordan — thank you so much :)

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54 Amy (Savory Moments) November 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM

This is such a beautiful autumn salad. Have a wonderful trip!
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55 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Amy — thank you so much :)

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56 cquek November 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

These treats look ridiculously tasty
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57 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Cquek — thank you and I love you refer salads as treats :D

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58 Shruti@Part Time Chef November 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Great idea to use up bread. Have a good trip. Until then..Have fun dreaming and packing :)
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59 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Shruti — thank you!!

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60 Asmita November 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Have a wonderful trip Kiran! The salad looks so tempting and delicious. Your photography is gorgeous!
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61 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Thank you so much, Asmita :)

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62 Ashley November 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Oh man, this salad is just gorgeous! I LOVE all the fall flavors you have going on in here! And the photos are just so beautiful! Happy Friday!
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63 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Ashley — thanks girl! it has become one of my favorite salads :)

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64 rika@vm November 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Laundry is one of my favorite chores to do – I just love the smell of clean clothes and of course, to make sure everything’s clean as soon as possible. I miss the night markets in Kuala Lumpur, and love the vegetarian foods there, too. Such gorgeous autumn salad with the beautiful squash! I love using old bread as croutons or garlic bread in soups.

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65 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Rika — i love doing laundry too, but when it comes to putting it away, i get so lazy :D

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66 Gayathri November 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

colorful and yummy looking salad
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67 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Gayathri — thanks so much!!

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68 nusrat2010 November 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Are you able to sleep at night with all those awesome ideas stored in your head and heart?!
Outstanding recipe and …. I’ve run out of words for your pictures. Beautiful, pretty, dreamy, marvelous, surreal…these words won’t do justice to your photography.
You are a treasure!
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69 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 17, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Sound like my day, lol! It can be boring and monotonous.
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70 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 17, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Panzanella salad is a favorite of mine. Love the squash and beets in here — yum!
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71 Raymund November 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I love a hearty chunky salad like that
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72 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Beautiful salad! Roasted squash and maple dijon vinaigrette… sounds really great for salad. I enjoyed your travel photos on IG!
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