Market Vegetable Salad

"A spectacular use of your garden's bounty. Display salad on a large platter. With beef tenderloin and a robust red wine, you have a complete menu. Adjust the amount of vegetables to accomodate a smaller group."

Market Vegetable Salad
Market Vegetable Salad

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SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Salad

  • 1

    cup asparagus tips, glanced and cut in 1-inch pieces on the diagonal

  • 1

    cup snow peas, blanched, cut in half if large

  • 1

    head broccoli florets, blanched

  • 1

    head cauliflower florets, blanched

  • 1 1/2

    cups peas, fresh or frozen (glanced if fresh)

  • 1 1/2

    cups green beans, blanched and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 1/2

    cups celery, sliced diagonally

  • 1

    medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1

    cup diced green pepper (I omit this)

  • 1

    cup diced red pepper

  • 1/2

    cup chopped parsley

  • 1

    can garbanzo beans, drained

  • 1

    can small pitted black ripe olives or small Greek olives

  • 1

    cup sliced artichoke hearts

  • Cherry tomatoes for garnish

  • Dressing

  • 1/2

    cup tarragon vinegar (I couldn't find any so I used red wine)

  • 1

    cup vegetable oil

  • 1

    tablespoon salt

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon Tabasco

  • 4

    tablespoons capers

  • 2

    teaspoons dried tarragon

  • 2

    teaspoons dried basil

  • 4

    tablespoons chopped shallots

  • 2

    teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1/4

    cup minced fresh basil

Directions

Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Assemble all vegetables in a large container. (The blanching keeps them tender-crisp and colorful). Pour dressing over vegetables, cover and refrigerate several hours, tossing occasionally. Salad will keep for several days. Note: To blanch the vegetables, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Put the batches for veggies in for 3 minutes and then immediate plunge into an ice bath.

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