As you know, one of my goals in life is making fun vegetableless salads.

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Or at least – salads with the least amount of vegetables possible. This guarantees that I will actually… eat them. The salads. Not the vegetables.

I guess that is sort of beyond the point then, huh? Whatevah. Not proud but… it’s the deal.

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Right now I am stuck in the middle of a mexican/texmex food love affair. Then again… when am I not? I actually made this salad a few weeks ago (hence the jalepeno margs) after I got a bit overzealous with the cornbread (four batches in three days… what what) and needed to do SOMETHING with it besides just eat it. I love all sorts of panzanella salads and as usual, trashed one up a bit. Surprise surprise. What? It still has bread. And tomatoes.

Just let me be.

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I sort of threw it together on a whim, what with the leftover cornbread, some extra copycat chipotle corn salsa and more of the chile lime vinaigrette that I used on last month’s tequila fajita steak salad. No no, it wasn’t a month old. Worry not. I made more.

The fact is though that this salad really got no lovin’ at all as it was mostly comprised of a miss mash of leftovers dying in my fridge and things that I didn’t want to have to deal with anymore. I loved it so much though.

…even I did have a few lettuce leaves with my cornbread croutons.

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Black Bean + Cornbread Panzanella Salad

Yield: serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 batch of cornbread, cut into cubes
12 ounces of baby romaine lettuce
1 cup of black beans
1 cup of copycat chipotle corn salsa
1 avocado, cubed
1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
salt + pepper

chile lime vinaigrette
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon red pepper or chile oil
2 teaspoons honey
the juice of 2 limes
a pinch of salt + pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread cornbread cubes on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-7 minutes, toss, then bake for 6-8 minutes more, until golden and toasted. Set aside.

While the cornbread is toasting, combine lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, corn salsa and cilantro in a large bowl. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and toss well to combine. Add in the cornbread croutons and toss again. Serve with chili lime vinaigrette!

chile lime vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, shaker bottle or large bowl and shake/whisk until combined.

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I think it’s the margaritas that make it… so do that too.

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85 Responses to “Black Bean + Cornbread Panzanella Salad.”

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 9, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Yeah, I could definitely get down with this salad. It’s kind of perfect for me too, because as I am often cooking for one, when I make a batch of cornbread, it’s up to me to eat it all. I know I know, it’s a tough life I live. This would be a great way to enjoy the leftovers.

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    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — March 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    This is my type of salad!! Sounds amazing.

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — March 10, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Yes. Just, yes.

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    Lauren — March 11, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    So this is my first recipe I’ve made from you HowSweet! The verdict? Well, my husband likes to rate my dinners 1-5 stars. (He gave this 5 out of 5 stars!)

    The flavor is great! I love the unique cornbread croutons and the zing of the dressing.

    Thanks for a keeper!

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    Marissa — June 3, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I have made it multiple times for myself and brought it to a friend’s potluck dinner last night. Such a winner!

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    lane — June 29, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    this is on the menu tonight for dinner … not only does it sound delish it also looks great on the plate! thx!

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    Sarah — July 24, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    This sounds delightful. But what I’m drooling over, truth be told, are those beautiful cornbread .. My favorites are the black bean ! Thanks for great recipes! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Unusual Recipes with Bread
    on AllFreshRecipes, looking forward to ur delish recipes!

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