Marinated Vegetable Salad

Regularly including broccoli and cauliflower in your diet may reduce or prevent certain diseases such cancer, heart disease and hypertension, and it may help lower cholesterol.

1 16-ounce package fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets
1 16-ounce package cherry tomatoes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 6-ounce can ripe black olives, drained and sliced
1 cup slivered snow peas
3 green onions, chopped
1 medium carrot, cut into thin strips
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Fresh parsley sprig (optional)

Combine florets and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl.

Process oil and next 6 ingredients in a blender until smooth; add to vegetables, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 5 hours. Garnish, if desired, with fresh parsley. Makes 10 cups.

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