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Wild Garlic and Purple Broccoli Salad

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Salads are the perfect summer food and this one is a fantastic sharing dish. What better occasion to make this simple salad with wild garlic in season. We have the red, white, and blue so patriotic too!  On this one, we have some young sprouting broccoli (blue), shredded wild garlic leaves, gem lettuce, tomato (red) and wild garlic flowers (White). The broccoli is raw and has a wonderful sweet and nutty flavour; in addition it is a super food. Purple sprouting broccoli contains the phytochemical sulphoraphane (thought to help prevent cancer) and may provide resistance against heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. It is packed with vitamin C and is a good source of caretenoids, iron, folic acid, calcium, fibre and vitamin A.

We made a balsamic vinaigrette to go with this using in our opinion, a quite simply awesome balsamic vinegar from Belazu. It’s under £10 at the minute at Sainsbury’s (25% off). If you haven’t tried it then please do. It is a universe and I do mean a universe apart from cheaper balsamic.  We served our salad with a quiche and crusty bread. Would also work well with grilled meats from the BBQ.

Less than 10 minutes to prepare,  the garlic is free with a bit of foraging effort, it’s tasty and very good for you.

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Foraging is Fun – Glorious Wild Food!

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If you’re looking for something to do at the weekend with the family, look no further! This time of year is fantastic for foraging. Kids love it and you will be able to find a tasty treat to prepare with them and eat.

Wild Garlic is a great place to start your foraging journey. It’s so versatile and you can add it to many different things. Here, we are using the flowers in a salad with purple broccoli – delicious and ultra healthy.

Gardens are starting to blossom at this time of year and so are things like nettles. It makes a wonderful soup!

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