Finally a great use for those broccoli stems you don't know what to do with. When you are preparing broccoli, reserve the stems for this salad. It's yummy. I had this salad at my parents house in 2005. It's another of my mom's creations. It is very high in fiber and makes a great lunch or side. The texture is great, and there is an array of complimentary flavors, like sweet, tangy, savory... YUM.
Look on this blog for the recipe for Dad's Dressing. It is very easy to make and is preferred for this salad.
FLAKED BROCCOLI STEM SALAD RECIPE:
1 pound raw broccoli stems, peeled and flaked into 1 1/2-inch lengths (can use a sharp vegie peeler)
1/2 to 2/3 c. cubed roma tomatoes, or 2 to 4 T. flavored sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Pitted black olives, to taste
Dad's Dressing, to taste
Garnish: Pine nuts, "Crispy Walnuts", or Spicy Seasoned Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Mix up the salad to taste, toss with "Dad's dressing", and garnish as desired.
See the recipe for "Crispy Soaked Almonds", to see how to make in advance the Crispy walnuts. the process is the same. Our method makes walnuts have a much better taste and texture!