10 July 2013

Broccoli Salad - Daddy's Version


Being half Southern (on my Daddy's side), I always called my father "Daddy." Anyway ... Daddy made a great broccoli salad, the first one I ever had. I've been meaning to post it ever since I posted Broccoli Salad - A High-Protein Version, where I tell the amusing story of one of his rare forays into the kitchen. Years later, after my mother died, he did learn to make a few things. 

Note: As you can see, it's a perfect picnic or lunchbox salad, individual servings easily transportable in half-pint jars.

This salad was something he started making huge batches of anytime he was expecting anyone to come stay with him for a few days. He would just get out his biggest stainless steel bowl, which held at least 6 quarts, and start chopping stuff up until it was filled to the brim. We'd have to eat it at every meal until it was gone, or he'd say "I thought you liked broccoli salad"!

One time we stayed five nights, so we had it at nine lunches and dinners! It was a good thing we liked it because I can eat something once just to be polite, but nine times? This was the first time I've made it since he died. I feel a little rebellious writing this because he was such an introvert he wouldn't have liked being written about on the internet! 

This broccoli salad is a non-creamy, vinegar and oil, "Italian" dressing kind of salad, unlike the other one which has more ingredients and a creamy dressing with a touch of sweetness. Which kind do you prefer? I like both. Oh, at some point I'll have to tell you another salad story--one where Daddy refused to eat "that damn hippie crap"!


Daddy's Broccoli Salad

(Makes 8 servings)  

1 to 1.25 pounds broccoli, chopped
1 large green* bell pepper, chopped
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup very finely chopped red onion, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

* Yellow would have been lovely, but the yellow bell peppers were imported; so, of course, I bought the more "local" green ones.

1 In 2-quart bowl, combine chopped vegetables. Aim for 1/4-inch dice on the broccoli stems and bell pepper.

2 Add the remaining ingredients directly to the bowl--no need to make the dressing in a separate bowl. Stir until well combined. 

3 Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. After a couple of hours, give it a stir and taste and adjust seasoning.

24 comments:

Grant said...

Yum, healthy and delicious, your Dad nailed it. I often make something like this for dinner, it's quick simple and yet always a fave.

smiles, Grant

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Grant! It's nice having a salad you can dress in advance and still find it crisp and crunchy two days later.

Angie Schneider said...

Broccoli salad in a jar...I love the idea and the salad looks fabulous, Jean.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Angie, thank you. We like broccoli so much more raw than cooked.

Jenn S said...

I love this post, more because of you talking about your Daddy and the memories of this salad, but the salad looks pretty darn good too!!
By the way.. my dad HATES when I talk about him on my blog!! lol

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Jenn, I didn't start blogging until after he died. He didn't have a clue about cyberstuff - I would have had a tough time explaining blogs to him! Does your dad follow your blog?

The Sketched Chef said...

This salad looks really delicate

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Dank je, Sketched Chef. I'm looking at your blog now - looks like I'm already picking up a few Dutch words!

Richard Sheppard said...

This looks tasty Jean, and a fun story to go along with it. Yes, anything can get tiring after eating it nine days in a row! Broccoli is one of my favorite vegs especially when not cooked. I'm not fond of leftover cooked broccoli because of the sulfur. Love those jars too.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Richard! You can pack a jar or two to take along on one of your sketching expeditions!

Amy said...

This broccoli salad is so pretty. I love recipes that has a family story...or simply pass down from previous generation.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thank you, Amy! You might like my cream gravy post then - it has a "story."

Sippity Sup said...

Broccoli is hippie crap? Of course I'm a hippie so what do I know? GREG

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

No, Greg, there was no broccoli on the luncheon table the day my father pushed his chair away without taking a bite and making the famous "hippie crap" pronouncement!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Wonderfully written. Pretty to look at. Healthy, too. Of course…it’s broccoli. I rest my case. Broccoli is why I licked the silver plate off of forks. Otherwise I would’ve had to employ that utensil in the eating of those little trees. Save the trees! That’s my motto. I’ve saved quite a few. But your writing was splendid. Love the back stories you sometimes work in. You really should take a shot at fiction, what with your light character building touch that nonetheless delivers in depth. Author, author!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thank you, Sully! Just email me some story ideas, and I'll get right on that novel! I wouldn't even know where to start with coming up with a concept.

yummychunklet said...

Great jar dish!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Chunklet! Aren't jars fun!

Charles said...

Oh, I'd be all over this! I'm not really a fan of broccoli when it's all cooked and mushy but roasted, stir-fried, or raw I go crazy for it. The flavour is delicious. This salad looks really good Jean... though I'm not sure if I'd be able to take it for 9 meals, haha - that's quite a feat!

My father reads my blog... he doesn't really feature much, although he's doing something at the moment which I promised to give him a shout-out for when it's done!! Mystery, mystery!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Charles! And I shall eagerly await the mysterious post featuring your father!

Anonymous said...

We love broccoli and even grand daughter Serenity loves it as well.......so then we must give this recipe a whirl! The photos are really great!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks! I hope Serenity likes the salad as well.

Michelle Nahom said...

This salad looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it! I think it's going to be a big hit in our house. Sending some foodie love your way! Thanks for sharing it with us at Fooide Fridays!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Michelle, thank you! I think of my dad every time I make it.

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