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Monday, December 28, 2009

Broccoli and Apple Salad

Earlier this year, I was determined to find a way to have my kids eat more green vegetables without complaining.  I found a broccoli recipe online at 101cookbooks.com and then experimented with it to find something that fit our family. The fruit adds a sweetness to this salad that my kids now love!

4-5 cups tiny broccoli florets

1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 tablespoons hot water

2 small crisp apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup toasted or candied walnuts, pecans or almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and salt.  Boil the broccoli just long enough to take the raw edge off, about 3 minutes.  Drain and immerse in cold water.  Knock against the sink in a strainer to get the water off.  Set aside.

Make the dressing by whisking the butter, lemon juice, honey and olive oil together.  Add the hot water and whisk until light and creamy.  Taste, adjust flavors as desired and set aside.

In a large bowl gently toss the broccoli, apples, nuts and cranberries.  Drizzle with a generous amount of dressing and toss.  Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Serves 4-6

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