This salad was brought to a potluck I attended and was a welcome change from the oh-so-heavy dips always in rotation. It was originally thought up by Tracie, an earth-friendly jewelry designer and vegetarian. She is always looking for new ways to enjoy vegetables and this was definitely a winner with vegetarians and meat eaters alike. To go the extra vegan mile, just remove the parmesan.
If you have some super special olive oil hanging around your pantry that is being saved for when the queen comes by, this is the time to use it. I hate to break it to you, but the queen ain't coming by. This salad really shines when really good olive oil is used, and there is no time like the present. —Sara from Texas