When I make cornbread, I always make extra and then I’ll make cornbread croutons for this particular salad. It’s a nice twist on the same old boring side dishes and it’s got a little bit of a spicy, sassy kick to the flavor as well. The recipe is even better when I’m able to quickly make it from my freeze-dried produce. I also like how it uses herbs and spices that I can have on hand in my indoor herb garden or freeze-dried. This recipe does taste better with fresh ingredients, but I've used the Thrive brand of freeze-dried bell peppers with this, reconstituted them and drained well, and I still really enjoyed this recipe. Yummy and easy. What more could I ask?
Cornbread Salad 4 ½ cups of cornbread croutons (cut from cornbread muffins or loaves about ¾ inch cubes. 1 medium-sized red pepper, coarsely chopped 1 medium sized yellow pepper, coarsely chopped ½ cup thinly sliced red onion (or you can use the freeze-dried red onion available in your produce section near the herbs) Preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Place the croutons on the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn them over and back for another 3 to 5 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. (You can do this a couple of days in advance.) Combine the croutons and peppers and onions in a bowl.
Begin to prepare the Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette Dressing: 1 medium size clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 T. finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 t. finely grated lime zest 2 T. lime juice 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil In a separate bowl whisk together the garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, and olive oil. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, toss well, serve at once with plenty of napkins available fort he unsightly drool.
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