Ahhh the beauty of summer has arrived. HOT days filled with trips to a near by beach, ice cream cones, the smell of sunscreen (and bug spray) along with BBQ's with good friends all make summer-time so special.
Yes, I am a lover of summer. Another thing I love to do (as many of my friends know) is talk about food. I LOVE to discover new recipes that friends have made. And I especially LOVE it when they pass on those recipes to me. There are some people out there that do not like to share their recipes...which I feel is a crime! - but that's just my feeling on that issue. I honestly think that it is one of the highest forms of a compliment when someone requests a recipe of mine. I always feel flattered that someone enjoyed the dish or baked goodie that I made and shared with them enough to want to eat it again AND to make it themselves. Enough said. I think you get my point.
Needless to say whenever my friend Diane and I see each other (especially just after the weekend) we most often chat about food and what we have made over the weekend or in the past. Diane always surprises me with something wonderful. Recently she passed along a lovely recipe for Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad. As soon as she started listing off all the yummy ingredients of this salad I knew I had to make it. Fresh broccoli and cauliflower...YES....chopped red onion...oh yeah!...crumbled feta cheese...for sure!...diced grape tomatoes...absolutely!....all tossed with a lovely dressing (that I thought I had ALL the ingredients for...not so much). With all those yummy characters in mind I would like to share with you today my version of Diane's Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad. I will also provide you with the original ingredients that are in Diane's salad...you know the ingredients that I didn't have on hand....;-)
Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad
(many thanks Diane for passing along this recipe to me)
1/2 head of cauliflower - chopped up into bite size pieces
1-2 good size bunches of broccoli - chopped up into bite size pieces
1/2 red onion - chopped
1 heaping cup grape tomatoes - cut into quarters
2-4 oz. feta cheese - crumbled
1 dry packet of Italian dressing (this is where I changed up Diane's recipe for lack of dry RANCH dressing on hand)
2 Tbsp water
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (Diane's recipe called for red rice vinegar)
1/2 cup olive oil (canola oil could be used in substitution)
1. Place cut up cauliflower and broccoli into a large bowl. Add in chopped red onion and quartered tomatoes. Set aside.
2. Make dressing by combining dry salad dressing mix, oil, vinegar and water in a jar that can be covered tightly with a lid. Once lid is securely place on jar shake for a minute or two until well combined. Pour dressing over veggies and toss gently to coat. Fold in feta cheese.
3. Refrigerate salad for a good hour (if not longer if possible). All the flavors of the dressing will melt into the veggies as it hangs out in the fridge.
Serve with happiness!
Of course you could always add in any of your favorite veggies to this refreshing summer salad. Red peppers, cucumbers or black olives are a few additions that come to mind. Go ahead be daring and toss in different veggies.
Happy Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad Making!