Do you like eating raw vegetables that’s not lettuce or tomatoes? Just the thought of it used to send shivers up my spine.
But then, I was put to shame by my pseudo-grandkids a few years ago. Their mom likes serving crudites with dips on occasion and it would’ve been embarrassing if I didn’t at least take a bite or two, while the kids chomped away unperturbed. This went on, occasion after occasion, until I finally started enjoying raw crudites.
Then last Christmas, I have to admit, I actually prepared a tray for Stepson and his friend. Yes, that was me who prepared and served it!
This entry is not about crudites though. It’s about another way to get anyone like me to eat raw vegetables.
I came across this dish at the deli section of our nearby King Soopers when Spouse and I were working late. We stopped to pick up a ready dinner on our way home from the office. This particular salad looked very appetizing, so I bought a pint of it to go with the ubiquitous roast chicken every grocery deli carries. It’s a mix of raw broccoli, black grapes and nuts in a Waldorf dressing and is really very good.
I even made it for an office picnic and everyone loved it. One guy on the Atkin’s Diet at that time even went for seconds. I don’t have a real recipe for this, you just have to go with your own taste.
First, wash and prep your veggies, about 3 cups of broccoli in bite-size pieces, about a cup and a half of black grapes and 2 celery stalks chopped. Then mix about 1/2 c. mayonnaise, a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, calamansi is even better, and a tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Mix until smooth.
Add the vegetables and a quarter to half a cup of slivered almonds. Chill in the refriegrator at least 30 minutes and serve with roast chicken, fried chicken or by itself.