Italian Marinated Vegetable Salad

IMG_6668You know that feeling, right?  You go to the store and see the marinated vegetables sitting in the olive bar and think how awesome it would be to have some of those.  You start remembering the antipasti you’ve had at that great little family run Italian restaurant.  So you give in to temptation and buy a pint or a quart along with some olives and maybe a little prosciutto from the deli.  Once at home, you assemble a beautiful plate of food and then wind up completely disappointed with your first bite of vegetable salad when it is too oily, isn’t tart enough and has no flavor.

The solution to drab, tasteless grocery store offerings is to make your own marinated vegetables.  This is a super easy recipe but does require a little time for prepping the vegetables and allowing them to cool to room temperature in the brine.  Once made, however, the salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  This also makes alot, and I do mean lots and lots of marinated veggies.  It will easily serve 10-12 people as a side dish and makes a great addition to a picnic or to a pot-luck table.  Feel free to use whatever vegetables you like and to leave out the one’s that you can’t stand.  You can also cut the recipe in half to make a more reasonable amount for a small family gathering.

Buon appetito!

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Broccoli Slaw

Tired of the same old coleslaw?  Broccoli slaw is a nice change when you need a cool and creamy side dish for a barbeque.  The dried cranberries really make this dish with their sweet yet tart bite.  This recipe is easily adaptable for your taste, if you don’t like bell pepper then leave it out.  Use chopped pecans or walnuts instead of sunflower seeds.  Like a tart dressing?  Use an additional tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or substitute with sherry vinegar which is more assertive.  Want it sweeter? Add a few teaspoons of sugar.  Like lots of dressing?  Double the amount of mayo, water and vinegar.  Make this your own creation.  Of course, I think it is pretty awesome just the way it is written.

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