Recipe: Jenna’s Twisty Waldorf Salad

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While I have since found ways to stir fry, blanch, and even roast broccoli in ways much more edible than my mother could ever dream, I decided to include a recipe that loves broccoli for what it is; a crunchy, green bit of good. The twist on a Waldorf salad below can be made vegan, holds up to lunch boxes and potlucks, and is darn yummy too. Enjoy.

Sunflower Seed Dressing Ingredients
(adapted from 101 cookbooks website recipe)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T honey ( or agave nectar to taste if making vegan)
salt to taste
warm water to loosen dressing as desired

Salad Ingredients
2 crunchy apples washed and cubed into bite sizes
1 cup broccoli florets cleaned and cut into bite sizes
1 dash salt
1 cup thinly sliced celery (can be omitted)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (can be omitted for nut allergies)
1 cup sunflower seed dressing
raisins to taste (can be omitted)

Preparation
Put apples, florets, celery and walnuts into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for a few minutes. Add a cup of the sunflower dressing and toss. I like the dressing on the thicker side for this recipe as it sticks to the apples and the nooks and crannies of the walnuts and florets. If you’d like, even add a few raisins… If you find that the apples are browning, feel free to add more lemon juice. But, usually the lemon juice from the dressing does the trick.

Recipe: A+ Sweet Potatoes for Auntie Misty with Sunflower Seed Dressing

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Ingredients:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Red or Yellow Onions
Salad Greens (including watercress is a nice option)
Cooked Brown Rice
Sunflower Dressing (below)

Sunflower Seed Dressing Ingredients: (adapted from 101 cookbooks website recipe)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T honey
salt to taste

warm water to loosen dressing as desired

Directions: Blend sunflower seed dressing ingredients in a food processor until creamy and smooth. Then add salt to taste and warm water for desired consistency. I find the dressing works best if it is not runny, but more like a thicker ranch dressing consistency. But, it is very much up to your own taste.

Prepare beds of salad greens on plates. Salt and pepper the greens lightly, then place just a few thin slices of roasted onions on the top. Next, slice the roasted sweet potatoes into rounds about as thick as your index finger. Peel off the skin, and place one or two slices on the salad greens. Top with brown rice and a turn or two of the dressing.

If you’re feeling adventurous and have a few more minutes on your hands, try frying the sweet potato slices approximately 2 minutes per side til brown before putting on the salad greens. It adds another whole level of sweet potato flavor. yummmmm.