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broccoli salad and small fingers helping

I made the best salad last night!  Miss D from work has been talking about this salad:  broccoli, grapes, pecans, feta, a bit of red onion if you have it, and some vinaigrette.  Now I tweaked it a bit.  She uses raw broccoli but I do not really like that.  My Beloved would.  But I will have you know before we even got half way through this salad he was saying we could have this again.  My suggestion, if you make it, is make twice as much as you need because that is how good it is.

Now I fussed a little bit.  I roasted the broccoli.  My Beloved teased me about the grapes in half.  I had a feta in the refrigerator that had black pepper in it.  That made a very nice bite.  I used green onion instead of red because I had a lot of it from the CSA box (and more in the garden).  I did the fussing while the broccoli roasted.

Broccoli Salad

2 head of broccoli

2 tablespoonns of olive oil

a large pinch of salt

a large pinch of pepper

about 1/2 pound of grapes, cut in half

about 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

about 8 ounces feta

about 1/4 cup chopped onion

2 to 6 tablespoons of vinaigrette (to your taste)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  On a baking sheet pour the olive oil.  Cut up the broccoli heads.  We liked little bits but do what you will.  Put on the baking sheet and toss.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once in between.  If you want crisper broccoli, let it stay in the oven longer.  Not so crisp shorter.

While the broccoli is roasting, prepare the rest of the ingredients, except the vinaigrette.  Put in a large bowl.  When the broccoli is done, add to the bowl and toss.  Add the vinaigrette and toss again.

I could have this again tonight but we are cleaned out of everything that is in it.  Sigh.

I have been machine quilting and I have small fingers quilting.  Small Mister is very interested in the letters on my machine head.  He is a pretty good helper as long as he is interested.  Otherwise.....  He gets put down.  He liked seeing where all those safety pins went that he helped me with last night.  This makes me smile.

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