When it’s really cold outside, the thought of a cold salad chills me to the bone. So why not have a warm one? This one is really easy to make. My kids love it too.
In the Winter time our family enjoys this warm vegetable salad. I adapted the recipe from a German cookbook I brought along when I moved to the US from Germany. It’s called Kochen mit Obst und Gemuse in translation that means “Cooking with Fruits and Vegetables”. I could not find this book in a translated version. So I guess it has not appeared in English translation. But googling the term “cooking with vegetables” I stumbled upon a few really neat cookbooks I am very curious about now…
Here is the recipe of the warm veggie salad from my German cookbook:
a couple of small bunches of broccoli
half a head of cauliflower
2-3 small carrots
a touch garlic
freshly ground black pepper
How to make it?
Wash and cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small bite-sized florets. Wash and peel the carrots and cut into small disks. Bring a small amount of water with butter, and garlic to boil. Add the cauliflower first and saute for a few minute, then add the broccoli florets, last throw in the carrot disks. While the veggies are cooking make a dressing with the vinegar,oil, salt, and pepper. When all the vegetables are tender, take the veggies out with a slotted spoon and mix them with the dressing right before you serve them.
Timing is the hardest part of making this salad. All veggies have different cooking times so you need to figure out when each will be tender but not overcooked. You also don’t want to start this side dish too early so it arrives cold on the table with whatever else you are serving. If your other dishes are not finished yet you can put some foil over it and keep it warm in your oven.
For variation you can throw in other vegetables you have in the house. I have added sliced mushrooms for example…
Ulla Seckler is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned. Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.