Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tomato-Broccoli Salad with Mozzarella Cheese

Something good comes out of bad and this salad is a perfect example. Couple of years ago we went to Orlando, FL. By the time we reached hotel, it was already past 10 PM and the only open restaurant was ‘Macaroni Grill’, just across the street. We both love Italian so we were sure that we would get good options to choose from. But there were only a few options and we ended up ordering an appetizer with tomato and mozzarella cheese. It had 5-6 slices of tomatoes, topped with cheese and basil and they charged $7 for it!! I added broccoli in addition to tomatoes to give striking red and green color combo. Fresh basil leaves will definitely be a better option, but I used dried basil and garlic powder.

Serves 2
Preparation Time: 10 Minute
Cooking Time: 10-15 Minute

2 medium tomatoes
½ cup broccoli florets (about 6-7 pc)
¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried basil-garlic powder
Salt and pepper

1. Steam broccoli in microwave for 40 second
2. Cut tomatoes into thick slices, about ¼ inch
3. Arrange broccoli and tomato slices in baking tray and drizzle generously with olive oil
4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and basil powder
5. Top each slice with mozzarella cheese
6. Bake at 350 degree for about 10-12 minutes or until cheese has melted and formed a nice crust

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