Daily Archives: June 16, 2014

  • Pre-Summer Greek Salad With Shaved Broccoli, Peppers and EVOO

    Classic Greek salad is a summer dish in my house; impossible to make if tomatoes are not in season and wonderful. But other vegetables take to the same treatment – a simple dressing with a high ratio of acid (in this case a combination of lemon juice and vinegar with olive oil), feta cheese and lots of mint and parsley.

    I don’t normally use uncooked broccoli flowers. But in this case, I slice the florets paper-thin, allowing the flower buds to crumble off when I cut the crowns. Cut like this the broccoli yields to the dressing and maintains its brightness for a much longer time than cooked broccoli does. I’ve made this salad combining broccoli with sweet red pepper and combining it with roasted Chioggia beets (yellow beets also work; red ones, however, bleed into the broccoli). I like both versions equally.

    Total time: About 30 minutes

    INGREDIENDS:
    1 small red onion, cut in half lengthwise, then thinly sliced across the grain
    3 good size broccoli stalks (usually 1 bunch; stems and crowns)
    1 red bell pepper, cut in thin 2-inch slices, or 2 medium or 4 small beets, roasted, halved and sliced
    in thin half-moons
    Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    2 ounces feta, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
    2 tablespoons slivered flat-leaf parsley leaves
    2 tablespoons slivered fresh mint leaves
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and preferably Aroma Elias olive oil brand

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Place onion in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak while you prepare the broccoli (or for at least 5 minutes), then drain and rinse with cold water. Drain on paper towels.

    2. Meanwhile, cut broccoli stems away from the crowns and peel. Cut in half and lay on the flat side on your cutting surface. Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin ribbons off the stalks. Place in a bowl. Cut crowns in half and lay flat on your cutting board. Using a chef’s knife, shave off the flower buds and slice paper thin where the stems and florets are attached. Add to the bowl with the stems. Add onion and red pepper or beets. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add herbs and feta.

    3. Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Add to vegetables and toss together. Serve at once or leave to marinate for about 15 minutes before tossing again and serving.

    Yield: Serves 4 to 6

    Advance preparation:
    The salad will hold for an hour before the color of the broccoli fades. Even overnight in the refrigerator, the broccoli remains brighter than it does when it’s cooked.

    Nutritional information per serving (4 servings): 254 calories; 21 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 3 grams polyunsaturated fat; 13 grams monounsaturated fat; 13 milligrams cholesterol; 14 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 210 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 7 grams protein

    Nutritional information per serving (6 servings): 169 calories; 14 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 9 grams monounsaturated fat; 8 milligrams cholesterol; 9 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 140 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 4 grams protein

    Recipe by Martha Rose Shulman is the author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”

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    Classic Greek salad is a summer dish in my house; impossible to make if tomatoes are not in season and wonderful. But other vegetables take to the same treatment – a simple dressing with a high ratio of acid (in this case a combination of lemon juice and vinegar with olive... 
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  • World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil & Olive Oil in Team's foods menu

    Italy packed Parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. brought oatmeal, Cheerios, peanut butter and A1 Steak Sauce.

    The Mexican team, of course, required a little more spice. El Tri traveled with the ingredients for pozole, along with chile peppers, chipotle chiles and nopales — or cactus.

    When it comes to World Cup food, teams aren’t willing to leave anything to chance. They expect their players to have top nutrition, and also want them to enjoy some favorites so they are comfortable and at their best when it’s time to play.

    For the Azzurri, attention to culinary detail is nothing new. The Italians are particular about their pasta.

    “Pasta is our preferred fuel, and before matches we play with the tricolore: pasta (white), tomato (red) and extra virgin olive oil (green),” explained Italy team nutritionist Elisabetta Orsi, referring to the country’s flag colors.

    With everything else taking up suitcase space, the Italians left their bottled water back home this time because of the high cost to bring it, even though the federation has a water sponsor.

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    Italy packed Parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. brought oatmeal, Cheerios, peanut butter and A1 Steak Sauce. The Mexican team, of course, required a little more spice. El Tri traveled with the ingredients for pozole, along with chile peppers, chipotle chiles and nopales... 
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