Thursday, March 19, 2020

Broccoli Salad with Ceasar Style Dressing

I was in the mood for some Broccoli Salad, but I didn't want the usual sweet ones. So, I decided to make one with a Caesar Style Dressing, minus the Parmesan and it turned out wonderfully. I chopped up the Broccoli and softened it slightly by pouring boiling water over it and letting it sit for about 5 minutes. I didn't have any Anchovies so I whipped up a dressing that included Mayonnaise, a bit of Worcestershire, a bit of Fish Sauce since it's also made from Anchovies, some Lemon, a pinch of Sugar and minced Garlic. It was wonderful!  If you can eat cheese, you could sprinkle some Parmesan on top to make it even more authentic and of course some Croutons would be good as well. I loved this Salad!

Broccoli Salad with Caesar Style Dressing

2 cups chopped Broccoli including trimmed and peeled stems
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Fish Sauce
1/8 teaspoon Sugar
1 small Garlic clove, minced
freshly ground Pepper
Optional:  2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

Put the chopped Broccoli in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the Mayonnaise, Worcestershire Sauce, Fish Sauce, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Garlic.

Drain the Broccoli and pour the Dressing over it and stir to combine. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Toss again before serving. Sprinkle with the freshly ground Pepper and Parmesan Cheese, if desired.

Five Element Analysis

Broccoli, as a dark green vegetable, clearly belongs to the Wood Element. It also looks like little trees! The Lemon Juice adds a bit more. The Mayonnaise, Garlic and Parmesan contribute the Metal Element and the Eggs in the Mayonnaise along with the Worcestershire and Fish Sauce bring in the Water Element. The Fire Element is only represented by the hint of Pepper and the Earth Element by the pinch of Sugar. So, be sure to add foods from these two elements to round out the meal!

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