Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ensalada de Brocolli (Brocolli Salad)

This is a really simple broccoli salad my grandma taught me, it is refreshing, simple and healthy. It doesn't mask the flavor of the vegetables and I love it.

I don't know if it's Cuban or Spanish or whatever but I know it's my grandmas salad, and since most of her cooking is Cuban I'll label it as Cuban.

-water in a pot
-2 broccoli heads
-1/2 red or white onion cut into thin rings (I messed up and they came out to thick and not perfect)
-1 tablespoon white vinegar
-1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil
-salt to taste about 1 tsp. drizzled/ 3 big pinches

(1)In a pot bring water to a boil
(2)Meanwhile wash the broccoli well, seperate the florets, if you don't wanna throw away the stems, peel them well with a potato peeler then cut into desired size.

(3)Throw brocolli in boiling water until bright green, drain and rinse in cold water until cooled, drain and dry well.

(4)Put in a bowl, put sliced onions on top, drizzle with olive oil first, then vinegar, then salt. Now toss and marinade in the fridge 3 hours. Toss every 1 hour.

VARIATIONS: One variation of this is using "Cauliflower", if using Cauliflower DO NOT BLANCH IT SKIP THE BOILING PART and also USE RED ONION or it will look ugly if you don't.