Italian Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Wow! Geeg Toscano's Italian broccoli salad recipe is not only addicting but very very healthy! Broccoli packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. Geeg would prepare this incredible Italian salad recipe for us on many occasions. Now I make it all the time (so do my daughters).

It is a beautifully colored salad to place on your table. The broccoli combined with the lemon and garlic make it an unbelievable healthy salad recipe. Broccoli salad is also very delicious the next day after the dressing has soaked in good.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 large heads of broccoli crowns
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp (approx to coat broccoli) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 10 to 12 Kalamata olives
Preparation
  1. Chop up broccoli crowns into larger than bite size pieces. (Stems may be left on the crowns.)
  2. Boil broccoli until tender. (not mush, keeping nice green color.)
  3. Drain broccoli and put in salad dish or glass pie plate.
  4. While broccoli in still warm, pour lemon juice over it and toss well.
  5. Add extra virgin olive oil, chopped garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
  6. Toss well so that olive oil evenly coats broccoli.
  7. Add Kalamata olives throughout salad.
  8. Serve warm or cold. It's fabulous either way!

Prep time: 15 min.
Cook time: 15 min.
Serves: 4
Live Long and Mangia!

Note: This marvelous salad can also be made using cauliflower.

Health Benefits:

Broccoli packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. The health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and even the aging process.

Lemons have so many health benefits. From losing weight to controlling blood sugar levels. Lemon juice helps with digestion, skin care, toothaches when messaged on the gums, and it's anti bacterial properties help fight infections in the throat area. Use it!

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