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Monday, October 19, 2009

Book Cooks: Broccoli Confetti Salad from Barbara Jean Hicks

When I put out a call for recipes, the last thing I wanted was a BROCCOLI recipe. After all, monsters (and YA authors) don't eat broccoli. Do they??

Well, according to Barbara Jean Hicks, they do (and she is an authority on all things monster). And, I admit, I do eat broccoli on a fairly regular basis. Eeek, that was totally not a pun.

So Barbara Jean, author of the forthcoming MONSTERS DON'T EAT BROCCOLI, brings us the following:


When I first announced the publication of my latest picture book, MONSTERS DON'T EAT BROCCOLI, people started sending me their favorite broccoli recipes without my even asking! This one is from my neighbor Enid, who we always ask to bring salad to neighborhood potlucks because she makes the best salads ever. This one has lots of color and a wonderful mix of flavors plus great food value and fiber.

Broccoli Confetti Salad

1 head broccoli
1 cup brown mushrooms
½ cup canned pimentos
1 cup hard yellow cheese of your choice
½ cup whole or half walnuts
½ cup kalamata olives
¼ cup olive oil
1/8 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki or soy sauce
Garlic powder to taste
Dash cayenne pepper flakes

Wash and drain broccoli. Cut flowerets into bite-sized pieces. Cut cheese into bite-size pieces. In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients and pour the oil, vinegar, Teriyaki or soy sauce over them. Gently toss and sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.


Thanks, Barbara! Also, don't miss the BROCCOLI BLOG TOUR this week (find the full schedule at her website!):

And for the rest of the week in honor of Teen Read Week, I'll be spotligthting YA author recipes! Yay!

1 comment:

  1. Broccoli is tasty, and the book is very cute. Glad we're both on the tour!