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Cauliflower, Broccoli, Olive Salad With a Parmesan Dressing

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“A nice salad for company or for any night of the week. Lightly blanched broccoli and cauliflower (still warm), tossed with olives, onions, a creamy Parmesan dressing and topped with crisp bacon. If you want, blanch the broccoli and cauliflower ahead of time and keep in a ziplock container or bag until you are ready to serve. If you want to serve it warm, just reheat in the microwave. I also do the bacon ahead and just keep in a small ziplock bag or container. This is a great salad that you can do ahead. Then just toss and serve. And any leftover dressing is great over vegetables, chicken or just as a standby salad dressing.”
READY IN:
40mins
SERVES:
6-8
YIELD:
6-8 Salad size servings
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dressing -- In a small bowl, mix the milk, mayo, parmesan, lemon juice, worcestershire, parsley, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready for use.
  2. Bacon -- In a small sauce pan over medium heat, saute the bacon until crispy and brown. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Keep for later.
  3. Vegetables -- Bring a large pot of water to a medium rolling boil. Salt well. Add the broccoli and cook 3-4 minutes until slightly tender, not soft. We are just blanching them. Remove and immediately immerse to a bowl filled with ice water and ice cubes. You want to stop the cooking process and keep the bright green color. Remove after a minute or so and let drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Do the same for the cauliflower. Again, drain well.
  5. Salad -- Now I prefer this salad room temperature or even warm, but you can easily serve this chilled. You can warm up the vegetables right in the microwave for just a minute or so, or you them as soon as they are blanched, or even just served them chilled. Either way, they are all equally as good.
  6. Finish -- Just toss the broccoli, cauliflower, olives, fennel and onion in a medium size bowl, and mix to combine. Then add in a little dressing at a time until you reach the consistency you prefer. Some like it more creamy than others, so just add as much dressing as you like.
  7. Serve -- Just garnish with the bacon and you can also add fresh grated parmesan if you want.
  8. ENJOY!

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