Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is my interpretation of the classic broccoli salad – no mayonnaise in this version! Not that I have anything against mayo (I love homemade mayo), but I’ve never cared for it as a salad dressing. However, I do like things creamy as a general rule, so I used avocado to make this deliciously creamy dressing.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday! Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

I’ve been looking for a new way to eat broccoli, (I’m afraid I’ve been in a boring habit, eating plain steamed broccoli) and so, this salad came about. With summer temperatures approaching, I’m craving salads of all kinds. The Creamy Avocado Dressing that goes with this salad is so simple and delicious that it will make a great partner for other salads as well.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

To begin, peel the stem of the broccoli heads. Break up the broccoli into 3-4 inch pieces and place them in the food processor.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Pulse the broccoli until small pieces remain and transfer into a big bowl for mixing the salad.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Fit the food processor with the grater attachment and grate the carrots. Set them aside with the broccoli. Give the bowl a quick rinse and place it back on the base fitted with the chopping blade for the dressing.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Place all the ingredients for the dressing into the food processor and process until mostly smooth.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Quarter your grapes and add them to the salad mix.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Toast the pumpkin seeds over medium heat until golden, this will take about 10 minutes.

Note: to keep this salad 100% raw, leave the pumpkin seeds un-toasted.

Tip: keep back a little of the grapes and pumpkin seeds to scatter over the salad after you toss it with the dressing.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Toss the salad and dressing together until thoroughly combined. Scatter your reserved grapes and pumpkin seeds over the top and serve to appreciating guests. On that note, I was curious to see how this salad would do with the ‘husband test’! I delivered a big bowlful, and when I came back a bit later he requested another bowl – definite success!

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday! Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

I find broccoli can be an overwhelming flavor at times, but not in this case. The carrots add body while the toasty pumpkin seeds add dimension. It’s all brought together with a creamy yet zesty dressing and the sweet crunchy grapes. The flavors are bright and refreshing, yet comfortingly creamy at the same time.

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Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound broccoli (2 small heads)
  • ½ pound carrots, peeled
  • 1 pound red grapes, quartered
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Dressing:
  • 2 avocados
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
Instructions
  1. Peel the stems of the broccoli and break into small pieces. Place in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade and pulse until small pieces remain. Set aside in a big bowl.
  2. Fit the food processor with the grater attachment and grate the carrots. Set aside with the broccoli. Add the grapes and toasted pumpkin seeds and toss together.
  3. Rinse the bowl and place it back on the base with the chopping blade for the dressing. Peel the avocados and remove the pit. Place all ingredients in the food processor and process until mostly smooth. Toss dressing with the salad and serve. Salad can be refrigerated for a few hours.
Notes
To make this recipe completely raw, leave the pumpkin seeds untoasted.


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24 Comments on “Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing”

  1. Gaby

    Can I make this and use it for a baby shower . I would like to make it sat afternoon and have it for the shower at 1:00 on sun think it would hold up ok??

    1. Kari

      I would keep the salad, pumpkin seeds, and the dressing separate until you’re ready to serve it because it’s never quite as good the second day. It’s always best to make the avocado dressing the same day you’re going to use it because avocados tend to go brown, but if you do make it the day before be sure to place it in an airtight container where the dressing fills up the whole container, (that way there’s no air space that can make the avocado turn brown). Let me know if you have anymore questions and I hope your baby shower goes well! 🙂

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