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I save 5 stars for recipes that I think are a cut above the rest... and this salad gets five stars because I liked the texture and taste combination of cherry (grape) tomatoes, Gouda cheese, and broccoli.. the pinenuts were a lovely added bonus as they gave the crunch of something a little unexpected in the mix. Gouda, (the city, where the cheese of the same name is made) is about 40 kms from me, so there will never be any excuse for me to not find Gouda cheese for this at any time of year :) I didn't use almonds as I like pinenuts more, I used only 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar becuase I didn't want it really acidic and I made it twice, the first time with onions and the second time without and decided I liked mine better without the onions. Other reviewers are right, this doesn't have too much flavour on it's own, but on a busy buffett / salad/ or BBQ table, I thought that it was actually nice to have something that was both refreshing , tasty and fairly neutral to off-set oft accompanying marinated meats, curries and other dishes where flavour explodes and hogs the limelight. THIS dish is the perfect quiet supporting cast member that brings balance to a such a meal. The final reasons for awarding 5 stars... nice to have a salad that *isn't* doused in dressing and what a fun way to eat brocolli !!! I will be making this very often every summer from now on! Please see my rating system, a wonderful 5 stars ! Thanks Parsley !!!
I did not enjoy this salad, It was too much crunchy broccoli. I do not like smoked gouda, I have now discovered. A disappointment for me.
Made this as given, & really enjoyed this flavorful salad! I did use the almonds & stuck with the gouda! Definitely a salad I'd enjoy making for some special dinner guests another time! Thanks for sharing it! [Made & reviewed in I Recommend recipe tag]
I doubled the recipe and took this to a BBQ at a friends and it was a big hit! I usually do not like to take new recipes to parties, or serve to guests before making it for us at home first, but this salad is great and I knew it would be loved once I mixed it up and tried it. The only thing I changed was I only used about half the dressing. Going into my best of 2011 cookbook! Made for I Recommed Tag.
added bacon bits to cut the acidity of the vinegar. Great recipe.
This was a great salad, with a lot of great flavors! I used smoked Gouda. Thanks for sharing! ZWT7
Well, Parse...you've gone and done it again. Brought goodness and nourishment to the farm table, full of tender broccoli, beautiful maters' and mellow gouda. What a marriage! I didn't change one thing, except use some Vidalia sweet onion, because I forgot to use red. Oh well, you can't really tell the difference because the broccoli is the name of the game, and the combo of veggies mixed with this dressing? Well, I'll tell you....it's out of this world!! Made for ZWT7
Made for ZWT 7. Lovely salad! Made for lunch. I'd say Parsley's instruction to blanch the broccoli for 1 minute should be followed closely: my little florets came out so beautifully dark green. Made exactly as given. Tonight we'll have the rest with fried fish and potatoes. A healthy, crunchy salad -- as if you even needed 1 more review, Parsley!! LOL! And thanks!
Made for ZWT and loved this salad. It is pretty and easy to make and the Gouda is a very nice addition to this salad.