garden fresh broccoli tomato and bean salad!

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By Gayle Rich-Boxman
from Birkenfeld, OR

This salad is filling and really simple and quick to make! The cumin style dressing combined with the black beans marry nicely and I decided at the last minute to add chili pepper flakes, which raised the bar! Came up with this because I had the salad dressing already made and the salad ingredients on hand fresh from my garden.

serves 2-4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Steam

Ingredients For garden fresh broccoli tomato and bean salad!

  • 1 Tbsp
    grated lime peel (green portion)
  • 6 Tbsp
    fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    salt or more to your taste
  • 3/4 c
    olive oil
  • 2 bunch
    broccoli florets only
  • 1 can
    black beans
  • 1 sm
    purple onion
  • 1/2 lb
    sun gold tomatoes (or cherry)
  • 1 tsp
    coarse salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    fresh ground pepper
  • pinch
    chili pepper flakes (optional)

How To Make garden fresh broccoli tomato and bean salad!

  • 1
    Make salad dressing ahead if it's easier! I can keep this salad dressing for over a week, and just zap it in the microwave before using in the salad.
  • 2
    Put broccoli florets into a steamer basket and a large pot with about an inch of water. Steam til firm/tender.
  • 3
    While steaming broccoli, mince the onion and cut tomatoes in half. Sun Gold tomatoes are my very favorite from my garden, but cherry or other small tomatoes will work as a substitute.
  • 4
    Put dressing on the bottom and then add broccoli, beans, onion and tomatoes. Toss and add chili pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. I use Jacobsen's salt/pepper combo and add the chili pepper flakes last. Serve at room temperature and can be chilled for later! (The wine is for the chef!)