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.


Tofu Salad

Here's a fun way to flavor tofu. I like how versatile tofu is and I also love its soft, yet chewy texture when properly prepared. For a sweet and spicy salad addition with lots of protein and no fat, cold tofu really hits the spot.

Start with one block of drained, firm or extra firm tofu. Slice into thin strips or small chunks. Marinate in a a combo of 2 tbls hot sauce, 2 tbls soy sauce, juice and zest of one lemon,  3 minced garlic cloves, 2 tsps minced ginger, and 1 tsp curry powder. Let sit in fridge for at least 2 hours. Preferrably 4.

Heat a skillet lightly coated with olive oil to medium high. Add tofu, marindate and all to the hot pan. Let it sear on each side. Then continue cooking and stirring until most of the liquid is gone.

Transfer to storage container and cool for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

When fully chilled mix with fresh shredded romaine, shredded red cabbage, sliced red pepper and chopped carrots.

Your tofu mix should already contain the base of your salad dressing. Drizzle with additonal lemon juice, hot sauce or olive oil as desired. Top with fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt.

Minced jalapeno, chopped almonds and toasted panko make fabulous additions.