Garlicky Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

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For the past two Easter’s, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great – especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well… to be honest, I’ll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food!

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food!

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food!

Everyone brings a dish or two to share (way less work on my Mom).  And its more fun too!  I love bringing a fun vegetarian recipe to share – last year I brought barbecued tempeh – and always enjoy trying everyone else’s dishes too.  This year I wanted to bring something filled with veggies.  Even though our Easter buffet lunch is lighter than our normal Easter dinner, it can be lacking on the veggies.  We always have ham, potato roles, coleslaw, deviled eggs, pasta salad, potato salad…We got the starchy carb dishes down pat.  That’s for sure.

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food!

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food! So this year I’m going to make my Mom’s broccoli salad.  Except I put my own spin on it, per the usual.  I made my own homemade garlic ranch dressing and poured it all over a bunch of raw broccoli, cauliflower carrots, onions and black beans.  Obviously the beans aren’t raw.  But everything else is!  Which is why this takes all of 10 minutes to make and is super easy!

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food!

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food! I love my homemade dressing!  I was actually really impressed with how it came out.  I can be skeptical with my dressing making capabilities at times.  But this one…it’s awesome.  I love that the base is greek yogurt – full of protein and very healthy.  All the fresh herbs and bright lemon juice.  Plus, the garlic chives! I picked them up at the farmers market they add such a nice kick of flavor.  You can sub in a clove or two of garlic plus regular chives if you can’t find garlic chives.  But they are SO good.

For the past two Easter's, our family has ditched the traditional formal dinner for a much more casual and light buffet style meal.  It works great - especially since Easter is Sunday and everyone has to go home the same day too.  Nobody is staying late cleaning up dishes and Dario gets to drive home with me awake instead of passed out in a food coma in the passenger seat.  Well... to be honest, I'll still be passed out, just not stuffed with food! I hope you make this recipe.  It’s perfect for a light dinner and leftovers stay nice and crunchy for the lunch the next day.  And of course, it’s perfect for Easter lunch!

Garlicky Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad:
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 cup garlic chives, chopped (if you can’t find these, sub in 1-2 cloves garlic and 3 tbsp chives)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp warm water – this is to thin out the dressing slightly.  You can add more or less depending on desired thickness.
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  It’s best if you let the dressing sit for an hour or two (or overnight) so all the flavors will blend together and merry.
  2. Chop all the veggies into thin bite sized pieces.  Place in a large mixing bowl with the black beans.
  3. Pour over the dressing slowly, mixing as go you.  You can add all the dressing or reserve some if you like a less dressed salad.  Toss together and serve at room temperature!  Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. Al

    April 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful recipe idea.
    Thank you.
    Happy Easter.

    • mewinebrenner

      April 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Hope you like it! We sure did!

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