Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Broccoli Tomato Salad

Perhaps this recipe is out of season. That is to say not out of "season"ing, but maybe it is more of a summer dish . I have a difficult time cutting off the cold fresh dishes when the weather gets cooler because I live in Arizona. Here we have "kinda hot "and "just warm" as the standard weather. When it becomes "just warm" or below 100 degrees I whip out the hot soups. I love soup! I often love to compliment the soup with some sort of bread or something salad -like. This is a beautiful salad that I think is great for any occasion. The dressing is delicious while the broccoli and tomato pair well together.

1 large bunch broccoli, separated into florets
2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 green onions, sliced

3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/3 cup tarragon or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

Cook broccoli in a small amount of water for 5 minutes or until crisp- tender. Rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add tomatoes, mushrooms and onions. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well. Pour over salad; toss gently. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Serve and Enjoy!