Thursday, March 15, 2007

Apples, Broccoli and Dried Fruit Making Beautiful Music Together

Both children were in a concert tonight. They have their father's love of the trumpet and their step dad's love of eclectic music. Sherwood whipped up dinner tonight and did a great job. I was craving this salad so thought I'd share it with you.

Apple, Broccoli, and Dried Fruit Salad with Maple-Garlic Dressing
Serves 6-8
2 large heads broccoli
1 c dried fruit (I particularly love dried cherries and apricots)
2 large Granny Smith apples
2 T fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 c sunflower seeds, pecans, or walnuts (optional)
1 c mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄4 c pure Maine maple syrup
1⁄2 t salt
a few grinds of pepper
1⁄8 t cayenne

Wash and cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces. Cut the dried fruit so all the pieces are about the size of large raisins. Wash and core the apples and cut them into 3⁄4-inch chunks. Toss them in the lemon juice.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
In a large bowl, place the broccoli, dried fruit, apples, and seeds or nuts (if desired), and toss together. Pour the dressing over the salad and fold it together well, ensuring that everything is evenly coated and distributed. Chill for at least 30 minutes

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