Purple Sprouting Broccoli Salad

This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch!

Ingredients:
1 large bunch purple sprouting broccoli
¼ cup high-quality olive oil
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Remove and discard the bottom third of the broccoli stems. If some stems are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1½ teaspoons salt, and the pepper. When the water comes to a full boil, add the broccoli, return to a boil, and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, until the stalks are just tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Pour enough dressing over the broccoli to moisten and toss well. Splash with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm or hot.

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