Thursday, July 9, 2009

Broccoli Salad

I have two things for you tonight... the first is a photo from the last time I got to dogsit that I couldn't help but share :)



The second is a broccoli salad I made the other night. There are many variations out there, this is just what I was in the mood for :) It works for dinner, or beside some Garlic Scape soup (from Super Natural Cooking) for lunch! I love the tang of the dressing with the crunchy broccoli, sweet apples and tart cherries :)


Broccoli Salad w/Apples & Dried Cherries
Recipe by Shannon
Yield: 4c



2 stalks of broccoli, florets chopped (~3c worth)
1 apple, diced
2-3T dried tart cherries, chopped
1T champagne vinegar (or any other vinegar you like)
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
1T whole grain dijon mustard
1-2T mild oil (I use Smart Balance Omega oil)
s/p, to taste
Optional toppings: chopped nuts or seeds

Whisk together dressing (vinegar through oil and light s/p). Add broccoli, apple and cherres, toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to come together. Top with any desired nuts/seeds just before serving.

23 comments:

Erica said...

mmm I much prefer a vinegar based salad vs a mayo based on! Great combo!

VeggieGirl said...

Cute dog and delicious salad recipe! :-)

Reeni♥ said...

This sounds great with the cherries in it! And the dog is so adorable!

burpandslurp said...

haha, is that a real dog? He looks like a perfect stuffed toy! So adorable!
And yum, broccoli is my fav veg!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Hmmnn... never thought of cherries and brocolli together .Great combo.

Rose said...

Melt my heart. Aw!

brandi said...

ooh, I love the idea of apples in broccoli salad!

Emily said...

Aww, that looks like a standard poodle. My family has one, too, and she is so smart and adorable!

allijag said...

That dog is so cute! I love it!

OMG - Broccoli salad is one of my all time favorite foods - I don't think there is a "bad" recipe out there! i've never heard of adding cherries before, but that sounds like the most AMAZING idea ever! :)

Kelly said...

Too cute. Love the doggy picture. That salad also sounds delicious, especially with the soup.

Pam said...

I am loving the flavors and textures in this salad.

Juliana said...

The dog picture is so cute...and the salad looks terrific...with sour cherries...just to think my mouth is watering :-)

Kerstin said...

Love the cherries and apple in this - yum! Broccoli is still my favorite veggie (and the only green one I would eat growing up!).

Katrina said...

Yum! Every time I hear "broccoli salad" I think of gobs of mayo. I should have known better! :-)

Joanne said...

I always crave broccoli. This salad looks SO good and the dogs are so cute. I bought some white balsamic vinegar the other day that I am in love with. I will have to try it on this!

Hannah said...

Great recipe! I rarely think of broccoli as a salad ingredient, but I do enjoy it a lot in general, so I must try this!

Maria said...

I love you put apple and dried cherries in the salad. YUM!

Sagan said...

I do love broccoli! Cute photo.

Sue said...

That looks delicious!

I am in Maine by the way just up the road from you...love the blog and I will be back...

Jess said...

I like broccoli, but no one else that I cook for seems to share my opinion!

Annie said...

Cute pup!!
I love this recipe.. I have everything except the broccoli. I will have to buy some now and try this. I think I will steam it for a few minutes first though. Raw broccoli can upset my stomach sometimes.
Thanks for the idea!

healthy ashley said...

What a sweet puppy!! I love any photos with dogs :)

shellyfish said...

Puppy sweetness! Love it! Great salad - broccoli is one of my favourites, cooked or raw!

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