Sunday, July 25, 2010

Broccoli, Walnuts & Dates with Fig Balsamic

This recipe can come in many variations. It's a perfect example of my favorite style of cooking. Very few ingredients, all superb, easy and fast. The main ingredient is the Broccoli, so make sure it's fresh- organic if possible. We harvested some from the garden this year, but by now it's all going to seed. The dressing is one I discovered earlier this year at Vitamin Cottage; I make sure to keep a supply on hand at all's that good! I took this to a barbecue over the weekend and everybody loved it. At least that's what they said...

Broccoli, chopped (keep the florets intact if possible)
Dried Dates, pitted and chopped
Walnuts, slightly chopped
Lucini's Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette

Steam the Broccoli until bright green and still crisp, but not crunchy. Strain and rinse with cold water. Add Dates, Walnuts and Vinaigrette. Toss to combine.

Goat cheese (add after Broccoli has cooled)
Pine Nuts instead of Walnuts
Add chopped Radishes
Try a different dried fruit like Cranberries or Cherries


  1. We did love it! And I used the leftovers in a strange (but delicious) omelette yesterday morning, along with a bizarro assortment of other leftovers... Chris gave some of his walnuts to the squirrel who was helping us clean up the yard but I ate all of mine. Yum!

  2. That would make for a very strange omelette indeed. Lucky squirrel!

  3. Thanks for posting this salad. I want to make a version of it really soon. It was SOOOOOOOO good.