Mexican Broccoli Salad

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This Mexican Broccoli Salad is a fun change of pace from the classic and it’s made without mayo! It’s also gluten free, vegan, and paleo as well as the perfect side dish to so many grilling options. We love to pair this salad with my Chipotle Grilled Chicken for a simple meal full of fresh veggies and yummy flavor. And even though there’s lots of veggies in this recipe, the food processor helps to speed up the prep work so you can make this often.

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I made this Healthy Broccoli Salad a few weeks ago. And loved it so much that I’ve started making other variations. This Mexican Broccoli Salad is the first and there’s now a Sweet Chili Mango Thai version as well as the Classic Broccoli Salad too!

I have to admit that I’m extra partial to this salad. But that might be due to the fact that I love Mexican food and all of it’s extraordinary flavors. I often find myself thinking of Mexican as burritos or tacos. But true Mexican cuisine is about fresh simple flavors.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

Even the rich molés in all their complexity have an innate simplicity, or maybe the word is purity of flavor. We’re lucky enough to have a restaurant here that has inspired me to delve below the burrito surface and into this complex, delicious cuisine. I’m not saying that this is authentically Mexican by any means. But it showcases some of my favorite flavors all in one nutrient packed salad.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

Now let’s jump in and make this Mexican Broccoli Salad step by step!

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

To get started, I like to process the dressing first, that way you don’t have to clean the container in between.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

While you’re prepping the vegetables, toast the pumpkin seeds in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

For the broccoli, I like to break it up a bit before processing because you achieve a more even texture that way. I’ve tried this with really big pieces of broccoli, and it ended up being mush with a few big pieces that refused to process.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

This time, I quartered my cherry tomatoes but what you’re looking for is 1/2 inch pieces.

Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

For the cucumber, I first cut it lengthwise into eighths and then crosswise into small pieces.  (FYI – I just had to look up how to spell eighths – apparently I can no longer remember how to spell!)

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl, toss together and serve immediately.

Tip: to make this salad more presentable, save a few cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds for the top. Top the whole thing with a sprig of cilantro and you have a gorgeous salad instead of green glop.

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We’ve been eating this salad paired with something from the grill. My favorite combination so far was the Jalapeno Sausages we got from a local meat shop. Grilling and making a salad has been my best strategy yet for healthy but delicious dinners in a hurry.

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Mexican Broccoli Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mexican Broccoli Salad


Description

This Mexican Broccoli Salad is a fun change of pace from the classic and it’s made without mayo! It’s also gluten free, vegan, and paleo as well as the perfect side dish to so many grilling options. We love to pair this salad with my Chipotle Grilled Chicken for a simple meal full of fresh veggies and yummy flavor. And even though there’s lots of veggies in this recipe, the food processor helps to speed up the prep work so you can make this often.


Ingredients

Units Scale

2 heads broccoli, about 1 lb

1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes

1 cucumber

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

Dressing:

2 avocados, peeled and pitted

1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/21 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1/2 cup cilantro, loosely packed

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste


Instructions

Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade and process until mostly smooth.

Add the dressing in your salad bowl, scraping the container as clean as possible.

Place the bowl and blade back on the base. Peel the stem of the broccoli and chop both heads of broccoli into pieces – about 3-4 inches.

Process the broccoli in the food processor until small pieces remain. Transfer the broccoli to the salad bowl with the dressing.

Cut the cucumber lengthwise into eighths and then crosswise into small pieces. Halve the cherry tomatoes and place them and the cucumber in the salad bowl.

Toss together with the toasted pumpkin seeds and serve immediately.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Broccoli Salad with Avocado, Southwest Broccoli Salad, Broccoli Jalapeno Salad

5 thoughts on “Mexican Broccoli Salad”

  1. Excellent salad with authentic SOTB flavors, not at all what one expects from broccoli. Very colorful. The dressing really is delightful and simple. My wife doesn’t do well with avocado, so I reserved some that she had with an Italian dressing, she raved about it.

    Reply
    • I’m so glad to hear you both enjoyed it, and Italian dressing sounds delicious with these other flavors! It’s definitely a bit ‘out there’ in terms of a ‘broccoli salad’ but we love this one and everyone always likes it at potlucks etc.!

      Reply
    • We’ve been making this salad a lot lately to go with all the summer grilling because it’s so quick and easy. I never get tired of it!

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