This recipe is based on a salad I had recently at The Cheesecake Factory. We played "food detective" and tried to guess the ingredients in the dressing, then replaced some ingredients to "raw-it-up" a bit. The result was one of the best salads I've had in a long time! The trick is in the chopping. Small pieces make it more fun-- don't ask me why!
Was craving a zippy broccoli soup -- this is what I came up with. The jalapeno pepper and garlic give it some kick, so reduce the amounts if you prefer a more bland taste. Dehydrated mushrooms add a nice chewy texture -- but fresh mushroom work well too.