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Hushpuppy Panzanella Salad Recipe

Being raised in the South and now living on the West Coast has led to some quirky eating — my meals tend to be healthy, but occasionally I feel the need to add a bit of Southern comfort into the mix; especially after a long trip away from home, so I make this Hushpuppy Panzanella Salad recipe. Take this gluten free panzanella — it’s loaded with vibrant tomatoes, greens, and veggies, but when searching for a gluten free replacement for the traditional soaked stale bread in a panzanella I kept coming back to my grandfather’s hushpuppies.

I spent summers growing up at my grandparent’s in a little rural town just south of Nashville. My grandfather was known for his summer fish fry’s – he would catch, clean, and fry all of the fish and my grandmother would make enough coleslaw and potato salad to feed an army. As my grandmother set the final touches on the buffet line, my grandfather would drop a big batch of hushpuppies into the fry pot on the porch and I? I would anxiously await the opportunity to taste test the first one.

By the time the last hushpuppy cleared the oil, a crowd would have gathered. Neighbors, church friends, and sometimes even relatives we hadn’t seen in quite some time, would all come for the opportunity to share a delicious southern meal and play a hand of Rook. It was pure southern magic and exactly the sort of homegrown nostalgic food that I crave after being away from home for a while.

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Hushpuppy Panzanella Salad Recipe

Hushpuppy Panzanella Salad Recipe

Being raised in the South and now living on the West Coast has led to some quirky eating — my meals tend to be healthy, but occasionally I feel the need to add a bit of Southern comfort like with this Hushpuppy Panzanella Salad Recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients
  

For The Vinaigrette:

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

For The Salad:

  • 3 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes (a variety of colors and sizes works great)1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 Persian cucumbers sliced on the bias
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 18 hushpuppies

Instructions
 

  • Make The Vinaigrette: Combine the garlic, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a jar. Place the lid tightly on the jar and shake vigorously to emulsify. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Set aside.
  • Assemble The Salad: Spread the spinach out onto a large platter, set aside. Cut the tomatoes into bite sized wedges or pieces and place in a large mixing bowl with the red onion, cucumbers, and basil. Toss to combine. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the veggies and toss again.
  • Arrange the dressed vegetables over the bed of spinach. Nestle the hushpuppies amongst the veggies and drizzle the entire salad with another 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Serve immediately with any remaining vinaigrette on the side.

PERSONAL NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 608mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3599IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dairy free, gluten free granola, Hearty Salad, nut free
Tried this recipe?Mention @saltandwind or tag #swsociety!

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