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Bodacious Broccoli Summer Salad

What you need: 

1 large head cauliflower
equivalent amount broccoli (or more if you like broccoli better...)
1 16oz bottle of vegan Italian dressing (I use Kraft Fat-Free Italian because its good & I'm into that low-fat stuff)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 small can water chestnuts

What you do: 

Okay, here's what you do.
Cut or snap the cauliflower and broccoli into bite-sized pieces and put them in a big Tupperware-type bowl.
In a frying pan, toast the almonds over medium heat until they're a light brown color (this really makes the recipe taste better, so don't skip it!) Let em cool, and put into the big bowl.
After you drain the water chestnuts, add them to the bowl. You can slice them or quarter them, just add them howe'ver you want.
Then, pour that whole bottle of dressing over the mix! Stir it up, cover it and put it in the fridge for about 24 hours (I've eaten it after just 12, though).
It serves a big bunch of people, its crunchy, fresh, healthy, zesty and a delicious way to eat some raw veggies!
I've taken this to meat-and-potatoes potlucks and had it disappear! Our 9-year old asks for seconds! You can't go wrong with this recipe, and once you tweak it to find your own style, its an easy way to be healthy and vegan-rific!

Preparation Time: 
1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I used to make a version of this when I was a little girl. My younger sister and I (before she was in grade school) would play "school" after I got home from grade school with, of course, me being the teacher. I would also have "snack time" where I would make snacks for us (for some reason I was a health nut as a child and almost a complete veggie and it would also take me an hour to eat a meal lol) And I'd cut up cali and broc and put italian dressing over it.....she loved it, I loved it and hey it made a little girl (me) feel grown up

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I made this Saturday afternoon for a dinner on Sunday and everyone raved about it!! It was a nice, light and crunchy salad. I used a bottle of Zesty fat-free Kraft Italian and followed the recipe exactly. There was just enough left over for a snack for me the next day! I plan to make this often to have on hand as a side for anything or just for a healthy snack in the evening. I may add grape tomatoes next time.

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Wow!
I just threw this together and tasted a tiny bit... it hasn't mariniated at all yet but I can tell it's gonna be gooooooooooooood!
This is a keeper!
Oh, I used Annie's Goddess Dressing which was an 8 oz. bottle but since I left out the cauliflower (just didn't have any) it seemed like a good amount. I think if you love the dressing you're using it helps. I can't wait to make this for my MIL this summer!
I'm not sure this will serve 8...  ??? unless you have a ton of other food items. Maybe 4-6 is more accurate...?

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