Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


The Salad Deception

You know what always tickles my funny bone just a little bit... people who eat salads. Well, people who eat salads believing them to be healthy and low in fat and calories. Restaurant salads are generally worse for you than anything. Caesar salad is not low fat. It's the dressing. That's the culprit. If you eat dry salad or salad only with vinegar you'll be all right. But the dressings are swimming in fat and calories. People hear or read the word salad and they automatically equate that with a healthy choice. And food purveyors take full advantage of that. Marketing this ersatz health food to unsuspecting diners.

Somewhere along the line people especially got the false idea that Caesar dressing and vinaigrette's are better. Not true at all. Vinaigrette has just as much oil as any other dressing. While its true that 'creamy' dressings may have more fat than oil/vinegar mixes all regular dressings are pretty darn fatty. If it's not lite or fat free beware.

Caesar dressing is especially deceptive because the name doesn't indicate what the ingredient may be or if it's high or low fat. But be assured, if it's salad dressing and lite or low fat are not a part of the name, then it's high in calories and fat. Caesar dressings is basically Italian dressing with Parmesan cheese and anchovies added. Different companies may make it different ways, but basically it's Italian dressing with some cheese. So they've taken a standard oil and vinegar based salad dressing, which is already bad news and added Parmesan cheese. Which tastes good, but only adds additional fat, additional calories and additional salt.

Salad is good, sans dressing. Once you add any dressing that isn't fat free you're in trouble. Fat free dressing has its own problems. Additional sugar and too many chemicals. Salad with plain red wine vinegar and some salt and pepper is a great way to avoid fat laden dressings. I also like to add nutritional yeast to mine. You could also add your own light sprinkle of grated cheese. Just a very light sprinkle will add a lot of flavor, but little in the way of waist expanders. I prefer the yeast. The yeast and vinegar combine to make a nice, tart and tangy super light and extrenely nutritious dressing.