Last Updated on December 5, 2019 by Cookie
A light but nutritious salad with broccoli, avocados, onions and sweet tomatoes, is a tasty and healthy dish that will complement any meal.
It combines everything that you need in a dish – carbs, proteins, and fibers.
This gourmet broccoli with avocado salad is hearty and creamy. It is a perfect recipe for potlucks and always welcomed for big parties!
I offer you a recipe for a very tasty vegetable salad. Some broccoli, avocado, tomatoes, and a simple dressing will make your salad healthy and satisfying. It is an excellent combination that cannot be cooked only once per season, it is like a blissful addiction.
Broccoli salad with avocado has low calories and can be ideal if you are on a diet, as well as an excellent keto recipe. Also, this best salad can be served warm, although chilled is also good. I try to cook this wonderful dish very often in my house, and my family is always satisfied with this classic and light side dish.
Broccoli Salad with Avocado Ingredients
This crunchy Broccoli Salad with Avocado recipe combines minimum ingredients, maximum taste and has lots of benefits. The ingredients are so simple as it includes only vegetables, which I always have in my refrigerator. Probably it is just about my preferences as I am in love with this wonderful veggie salad.
The main ingredient is broccoli. The history of this cabbage began in Europe, but if you delve into the details, the origin comes from the Italian gardens. I discovered broccoli relatively recently in a salad, and it captured my heart.
Another, but not less important ingredient, is avocado. It is of a very ancient culture and it says it is native from the New World. Since the leaves and pips contain toxic substances, the taste of avocado is very tender, creamy, and tasty. Its taste reminds me of the unsalted butter made with fresh herbs, with some notes (barely noticeable) of garlic and nuts. When I first saw avocado I refused even to try this green pear. But now avocado is a must-have product in my kitchen.
Red onion is the ingredient that will give the fresh and crunchy contrast in this salad.
Optional vegetables such as tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber are always good supplements to this best Broccoli Salad Avocado recipe.
Can You Eat Raw Broccoli?
Having doses of nutrients, I can say broccoli should be eaten raw. However, some people could feel some non-considerable side effects such as gases or bowel irritation, caused by the high amounts of fiber. To avoid these unpleasant feelings, steam it for not more than 5 minutes (as I usually do) in order to preserve all the nutritive elements and to feel comfortable. Another method to blanch broccoli is to simmer/boil it for 3-5 minutes.
Is Broccoli Salad with Avocado Healthy?
This salad has a punch of vitamins and the main micronutrient that plays an important role here is that it maintains the immune function.
Like its relatives, broccoli is a storehouse of important vitamins (K, C, A, B, etc.) and fiber, so its presence in the diet will not only add variety but also enrich the body with the substances necessary for an active life.
Avocado is one of the best “wrestlers” with aging- it contains vitamin E, healthy fats, potassium, and powerful natural antioxidants. So a salad with avocado is tasty, healthy, and keeps you young. Onion is a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory product. It decreases considerable triglycerides and reduces cholesterol levels. All these facts lower heart disease risk.
The dressing for this salad contains only healing fatty acids that make this great and appetizing broccoli salad creamy, crunchy, and tangy. It is a healthy side dish that will complement perfectly with anything you have on your dinner menu.
How to make Creamy Broccoli Salad with Avocado?
The first time I have tried to prepare this Crunchy Broccoli and Avocado Salad recipe, taking into consideration that I do not like the taste of raw cabbage, I was in a dilemma either to cook broccoli or not. And if yes, how to keep its nutrition, crispy texture and taste. Then I tried to simmer it in a bit of soy sauce. And that moment on I got in love with broccoli and since then I try to cook it as frequently as I can on our evening basis.
So, divide one whole broccoli into small inflorescences. Arrange them on a frying pan in one single layer. Pour 3-4 tbsp of soy sauce and simmer covered at medium heat for about 4 – 5 minutes. It is very important to cook the broccoli correctly so to preserve its crispy and crunchy taste. While the cabbage is cooking, thinly slice one small red onion into half rings. Place onion in a mixing bowl and combine it with hot simmered broccoli (add broccoli with the remaining soy sauce). So, the pungent onion taste will go, leaving a mild sweetness. For a more creamy texture grab 2 smooth and ripe avocado. Chop them in medium size cubes. Now to enrich the taste of the salad add any vegetables at your discretion. Usually, I add sweet cherry tomatoes. They refresh this Broccoli Salad with some sweet/sour taste. Keep it simple and season this best salad with some drops of olive oil, toasted sesame oil and a pinch of salt (just a little bit of salt as the soy sauce is salty and a little bitter) so try not to over-salt the salad with much sea salt. I discovered toasted sesame oil by chance, and since then it is not missing from my pantry. Stir together all the ingredients. This flavorful and juicy taste will captivate you for sure.
How long is Broccoli Salad and Avocado good for in the fridge?
I do not recommend to prepare this salad in advance because avocado can get dark and tomatoes may ruin it. So it will not look appetizingly at all. Also, the taste of onion will absorb other aromas and when eating you will feel only bad taste. This Broccoli Salad with Avocado does not take much time to be prepared, so serve it right away.
What to serve with Broccoli Salad and Avocado?
For me, especially when I am in a period of detox, this Broccoli Salad with Avocado is a full meal for lunch or dinner. But this salad can be a good side dish for grilled meat or fish.
Broccoli Salad and Avocado Tips:
- Do not use frozen broccoli, it will ruin the taste.
- Use smooth avocado, so it will give creamiest to the salad.
- If you do not like onions you can replace it with spring onions. The taste is not so pronounced and pungent.
- You can add bacon to this salad to make it crunchy and aromatic.
This simple, yet so delicious broccoli salad will give your dinner a colorful aspect, a dose of healthiness and nutritious in just minutes. Make it my way and leave your impressions.
Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado
- Large cutting board
- 1 broccoli
- 2 avocado
- 1/2 red onion
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 3 tsp olive oil
- Take a skillet and simmer for 4-5 minutes the broccoli with 3-4 tbsp of soy sauce.
- Meanwhile cut the red onion, the tomatoes, and the riped avocados.
- Toss gently all the ingredients and season with a pinch of salt, pepper, tossed sesame oil and olive oil.
- Serve immediately or wait until the broccoli cools down.