Summer is on its way, and along with it, warmer temperatures. Hearty salads are perfect one-pot meals on a hot summer night. Just add loaf of crusty bread and perhaps some hummus or cheese to round out this simple meal.
This broccoli salad is delicious and easy to prepare. Roasting cherry tomatoes concentrates their flavor and transforms them into sweet, chewy morsels. If you have fresh herbs available, you could use those instead of dried ones. Broccoli cooked until just tender will not only keep its bright green color, but also not get mushy. I think that next time I’ll add some garbanzo beans to roast alongside the tomatoes to change it up a little.
What is your favorite summer salad?
Here’s what to do:
- 1 large bunch of broccoli
- 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
- ½ of a red onion
- juice of a large lemon
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- olive oil
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon herbs de Provence
- crumbled feta cheese (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Wash the cherry tomatoes and dry them off a bit.
Cut the tomatoes in half and put them on a baking sheet cut side up.
Drizzle with a little olive oil.
Sprinkle them with the herbs and some salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
Turn the tray around in the oven and roast for another 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are getting wrinkled and a bit blackened in spots.
Remove the tray from the oven and reserve.
While the tomatoes are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Wash the broccoli and cut the crowns into bite-size florets.
Add to the boiling water and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes.
The broccoli should be bright green and barely tender.
Drain into a colander, cool under running cold water and reserve.
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the mustard and a pinch of salt.
Add the broccoli and mix thoroughly.
Next add the roasted tomatoes and gently blend the salad again.
Chill the salad for about an hour.
Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and serve!