Everyday is a holiday when you bring home grown veggies to the kitchen to prepare a meal for your family and friend. Today I’m sharing a favorite I’ve been making for years only with a new spin! I hope you will give this a try over the holiday weekend or any day you can get a hold of some fresh home grown broccoli.
Brens’ Apricot, Walnut and Broccoli Salad Recipe
Today I’m using a new homegrown variety of broccoli called ‘Artwork’ for this recipe share. The really great thing about using the Artwork Broccoli variety is you can grow it in your home garden which means the flavor is like no other. Another bonus is you can use all of the stem of the broccoli because the stems are long and full of flavor.
- 1/2 cup cut dried apricots
- 1 1/2 lbs broccoli, florets cut into 1-inch pieces, stalks peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse
- 1 large shallot, minced
- Bring 4 cups of water to boil on stove top.
- Fill a large bowl with ice water.
- Combine 1/2 cup of boiling water and cut dried apricots in small bowl, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes; drain.
- Add broccoli stalks to pot of boiling water and cook for 1 minute.
- Add florets and cook until slightly tender, about 1 minute.
- Drain broccoli, then transfer to bowl of ice water. Drain again, transfer to salad spinner, and spin dry.
- Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in large bowl.
- Add broccoli, apricots, walnuts, and shallot and toss to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
- Salad can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours.
- Makes about 6 servings
How to Blanch Broccoli
About Artwork Broccoli
Artwork is a unique and beautiful dark green stem broccoli that has only recently become available to home gardeners. Previously, stem or baby broccoli was exclusively available in gourmet markets and up-scale restaurants. Now home gardeners can make the art of gardening come alive with this delicious, long-yielding variety. Artwork starts out similar to a regular crown broccoli but after harvesting that first crown, easy-to-harvest tender and tasty side shoots continue to appear long into the season, resisting warm temperature bolting better than other stem broccolis currently on the market – Read about Artwork Broccoli at : AAS Website
Where Did The Name Come From?
Have you ever wonder how certain veggies get their name. Recently I got to connect with some amazing folks from the seed industry at #veggietrials2015 and got to hear a few great stories about naming the vegetables. Below is a clip of Robbie Johnson sharing how Artwork Broccoli got it’s name.
From #VeggieTrials2015 in California
I hope you enjoyed my share today…. let’s connect! I’d love to hear what you do with your broocoli. This is a veggie I enjoy growing and usually have an abundance of to use in recipes or just steam and eat on it’s own.