DDD #54 – Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice Salad with Rainbow Chard, Basil, Mint, Avocado & Citrus Vinaigrette

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2017

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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To watch the video – click the image above.

Living alone can make eating all the food I buy difficult.  I buy produce with a thousand inspirations in my head – often forgetting that I have to eat everything I make myself.  That can get difficult – especially with produce like avocados & leafy greens that have a short shelf life.  Yesterday – I made a Spicy Vegan Szechuan Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry (seen above) that used a lot of the veggies I had around – but – it did not use everything.  I also had a lot of leftover basmati rice.  So – I dreamed up this salad.  I used a little (1 cup) of the rice I had.  You could use more – or less – depending on how light you want this to be.  You could also use quinoa or brown rice or some ancient grain of your choice.  Or – as I do in the video – use grated cauliflower in place of rice.  Whatever you decide – this salad is full of nutrients & tastes clean & light & fresh.  If you do not add the avocado – this salad will keep in the fridge for a few days.  Just add the avocado just before serving.

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Vegan “Eat Your Greens” Warm Broccoli Rice Salad with Rainbow Chard, Basil, Mint, Avocado & Citrus Vinaigrette

Serves 2-4 depending on appetite

INGREDIENTS

2 TBS olive oil (or coconut oil)

1 cup cooked rice or other grain (optional) or 1 medium head of cauliflower – grated

1 head broccoli – grated or pulsed in a food processor

1 cucumber – chopped

1 zucchini – chopped

Avocado – amount at your discretion – sliced

2-3 scallions – sliced

1 bunch (6-8 leaves) rainbow chard (or other greens of your choice) – ribs removed & chopped

1/3 cup fresh basil – chopped

1/3 cup fresh mint – chopped

Pepitas (or other nuts) – amount at your discretion

GARNISH: basil, mint, lime wedges

for the dressing

2 TBS olive oil

2 TBS cider vinegar

2 TBS fresh lime (or lemon) juice (or a combination)

1 tsp lemon or lime zest

2 TBS Dijon mustard

1 or 2 TBS agave (I used 2 but might go less next time)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Whisk the dressing together & adjust flavors to suit your tastes.

Pulse the broccoli in a food processor or grate it (grating is very messy).  Do the same with the cauliflower – if you are using it n place of rice.

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Heat the olive oil in a large pan over high heat.  Add the broccoli & cauliflower/rice & toss.  Add the zucchini & chard.  Add a few TBS water & cover the pan & remove from heat.  You just want to warm everything through & get the chard & broccoli & zucchini wilt a bit.

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In 5 minutes or so – put the rice mixture in a large bowl (or in the pan) & toss in the scallions, mint & basil & cucumber & some (not all) the dressing.

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Put some of the warm salad on plates & garnish with avocado slices, pepitas, extra basil and/or mint, lime wedges, additional dressing & freshly cracked pepper.

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Vegan “Eat Your Greens” Warm Broccoli Rice Salad with Rainbow Chard, Basil, Mint, Avocado & Citrus Vinaigrette

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2016

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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Living alone can make eating all the food I buy difficult.  I buy produce with a thousand inspirations in my head – often forgetting that I have to eat everything I make myself.  That can get difficult – especially with produce like avocados & leafy greens that have a short shelf life.  Yesterday – I made a Spicy Vegan Szechuan Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry (seen above) that used a lot of the veggies I had around – but – it did not use everything.  I also had a lot of leftover basmati rice.  So – I dreamed up this salad.  I used a little (1 cup) of the rice I had.  You could use more – or less – depending on how light you want this to be.  You could also use quinoa or brown rice or some ancient grain of your choice.  Whatever you decide – this salad is full of nutrients & tastes clean & light & fresh.  If you do not add the avocado – this salad will keep in the fridge for a few days.  Just add the avocado just before serving.

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Vegan “Eat Your Greens” Warm Broccoli Rice Salad with Rainbow Chard, Basil, Mint, Avocado & Citrus Vinaigrette

Serves 2-4 depending on appetite

INGREDIENTS

2 TBS olive oil (or coconut oil)

1 cup cooked rice or other grain (optional)

1 head broccoli – grated or pulsed in a food processor

1 cucumber – chopped

1 zucchini – chopped

Avocado – amount at your discretion – sliced

2-3 scallions – sliced

1 bunch (6-8 leaves) rainbow chard (or other greens of your choice) – ribs removed & chopped

1/3 cup fresh basil – chopped

1/3 cup fresh mint – chopped

Pepitas (or other nuts) – amount at your discretion

GARNISH: basil, mint, lime wedges

for the dressing

2 TBS olive oil

2 TBS cider vinegar

2 TBS fresh lime (or lemon) juice (or a combination)

1 tsp lemon or lime zest

2 TBS Dijon mustard

1 or 2 TBS agave (I used 2 but might go less next time)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Whisk the dressing together & adjust flavors to suit your tastes.

Pulse the broccoli in a food processor or grate it (grating is very messy).

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Heat the olive oil in a large pan over high heat.  Add the broccoli & rice & toss.  Add the zucchini & chard.  Add a few TBS water & cover the pan & remove from heat.  You just want to warm everything through & get the chard & broccoli & zucchini wilt a bit.

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In 5 minutes or so – put the rice mixture in a large bowl (or in the pan) & toss in the scallions, mint & basil & cucumber & some (not all) the dressing.

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Put some of the warm salad on plates & garnish with avocado slices, pepitas, extra basil and/or mint, lime wedges, additional dressing & freshly cracked pepper.

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Vegan Roasted Red Potato & Fennel Salad

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2015

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Many people think they hate fennel.  Even I can find it overpowering – but when sliced paper thin in a salad – or when roasted in a risotto – delicious – and two completely different animals.  Raw fennel has that distinct licorice flavor but, roasted, it mellows out & gets soft & subtle – much like garlic.  It doesn’t taste like garlic – it mellows the way garlic does – and takes on an almost creamy flavor.  Lovely.

This potato dish is adapted from this – Recipe for warm potato, fennel and onion salad with balsamic vinaigrette – seen below.

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This stuff smelled so good while it was cooking – it was all I could do not to just sit in front of the cooked result & shove it, wholesale, into my face without regard for decency or the fact that it was to hot to eat.  Really yummy!  I promise!  The red onions offer a bit of sweet/tang – as does the balsamic dressing – and the potato & fennel offer a creamy counterpart.   Great warm or at room temperature.  And – because there is no mayo – this potato salad does well sitting out at picnics, BBQs & buffets without giving you fears that everyone will soon drop dead from the salmonella you served them.  People like it better, I have found, that they not get food poisoning at gatherings.  True story.  So – try this amazing potato salad!  Raw – this filled a huge cooking sheet to capacity. Cooked – it shrunk considerably so – I would say these feeds 4-6 as a side – depending on appetites.

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Vegan Roasted Red Potato & Fennel Salad

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

8 large red potatoes – cut into bite-sized chunks

1 large fennel bulb – cut into 1-inch dice (reserve the fronds)

1/2 large red onion – cut into 1-inch dice

4 TBS balsamic vinegar

4 TBS agave nectar

1 tsp Dijon

1/3 cup olive oil (plus extra for roasting)

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

I lined a large, rimmed cooking sheet with parchment paper but just naked on the pan is fine, too.  Put the potatoes, onions & fennel on the sheet & drizzle with olive oil.  Add S&P.  Toss – by hand – until everything has a light coat of oil and S&P.

Roast 2o minutes, turn the vegetables and roast another 20 minutes – or until the potatoes are soft & browning.

Meanwhile, in a far or bowl – mix the remaining ingredients.   When the potatoes are done & still warm – toss with SOME – not all – of the balsamic dressing.  Taste & add more as you like.  I only ended up using about half of the dressing & the potatoes absorbed it & had a lovely, light flavor.  You might prefer a heavier hand – or even leave the dressing on the table for folks to add as they like.

Garnish with the fennel fronds & serve warm or at room temperature.

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