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Our 41st president, George H. W. Bush, once said, "I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."

Maybe President Bush's mama just didn't cook it right!

We love broccoli. In fact Jasmine, who may one day be president of the United States, is quoted as saying, "Broccoli is my favorite vegetable."

You can serve this colorful salad as a light lunch with crusty bread. Or serve it with sandwiches, soup or as the first course of dinner.

{Makes 4-6 servings}

You'll need:

  • 4 Gala apples
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 pound head of broccoli - cut in flowerettes
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup of diced sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup of garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup of Honey Mustard salad dressing
  • A little adult help


  • A large pot with a tight fitting lid
  • A steamer insert
  • A colander
  • A large bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • Oven mitts
  • Hot pad
  1. Put about 3/4 inch of water in the large pot. Insert the steamer and cover the pot. Set in on high heat until you see steam coming out from around the lid - about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli flowerettes and cook for 5 minutes. Have dad or whoever is helping you put on the oven mitts and test the tenderness of the broccoli with a fork. We suggest the adult does this part and the draining of the broccoli because steam can burn you as fast as fire.
  3. When the broccoli is tender but still has a lot of crunch to it, drain it in the colander. Run cold water over it to stop it from cooking. Shake the colander to drain.
  4. Cut the apples into 3/4 inch cubes and sprinkle the lemon juice on. Toss to mix.
  5. Add the drained broccoli, red pepper and the onion. Toss again.
  6. Add the gabanzos and the salad dressing and toss once more.
  7. Yum!