When I got home from work this evening, I stopped at my little garden on the side of our home to see what I could gather for our dinner tonight. I was surprised to see that my broccoli was ready to pick and that I had a bunch of sugar snap peas on the vines. The cool wet weather we have had lately here in Southern Oregon has been perfect for my little garden!
I’ve never been really successful at growing broccoli until this year. The broccoli heads were beautiful and I did not have any problems with aphids. I grow everything in my garden organically without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilizers. We compost as much of our kitchen scraps as possible and I rotate the plants every year. I believe that growing organic vegetables is better for you and tastes so much better than chemically treated vegetables.
I found it interesting that the broccoli florets that I picked were not as dense or tightly packed as you would see with store bought broccoli. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it was the variety that I planted. Regardless, the broccoli tasted amazingly fresh and delicious!
With my fresh picked broccoli and sugar snap peas I decided to make an Asian inspired Sesame Broccoli Snap Pea Salad. My Sesame Broccoli Snap Pea Salad has fresh crunchy red bell pepper, bright red onions, sweet shredded carrots and tossed with a sweet and tangy sesame seed vinaigrette. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy! Tessa
- 8 ounces broccoli florets (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 8 ounces sugar snap peas (cut in half)
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2 Tbs canola oil
- 1 Tbs Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine)
- 1 Tbs each black and white sesame seeds
- 1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- salt and white pepper to taste
Prepare your vegetables and set aside. Grab a 4 quart pot, fill with water and add a big pinch of salt. Put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Get another bowl and fill with ice cubes and water. Add broccoli to boiling water and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to ice water to stop cooking. Do the same with the sugar snap peas but cook only 1 minute.
Drain broccoli and snap peas and add to a mixing bowl. Add remaining vegetables. Grab a small bowl and whisk together the canola oil, Mirin, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic paste, salt and white pepper. Add to vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.