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.


Mashed Potato Salad Dressing

Mashed potatoes are usually conceived of in terms of the side dish. They go next to the main dish as an accompaniment. Which is all well and good,  but they are more versatile than that. Mashed potatoes make a great salad dressing. No seriously. They really do.

Now, I'm lazy and use the packets, but this could be adapted to real potatoes.

I use Idahoan garlic mashed potatoes as my base. The packet directions call for 2 cups of water brought to a boil. For the dressing I use 3 1/2 cups of water instead. Add the water, 3 cloves slice garlic, a few ribs from a jalapeno and a serrano and 1 tbl or so of the flesh. Bring to a boil.

Turn off heat. Let sit for about a minute and then carefully stir in the packet powder.

Add fresh cracked black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp ground garlic, a little more jalapeno and serrano flesh. Stir to combine. Let cool on the counter.

Once mostly cool, relax in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

When fully chilled, use as you would any salad dressing, mayo, sandwich dressing or slaw mix. It's super easy to prepare and yields a very tasty result.

While it's not the most natural recipe, it's better than mayo based, no worse than any store bought dressing and it's way more satisfying and filling.