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.
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 salad 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.
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.
Pulse the broccoli until small pieces remain and transfer into a big bowl for mixing the salad.
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.
Place all the ingredients for the dressing into the food processor and process until mostly smooth.
Quarter your grapes and add them to the salad mix.
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.
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 might go over with Tyler: I delivered a big bowlful, and when I came back a bit later he requested another bowl – success!
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.
- 1 pound broccoli (2 small heads)
- ½ pound carrots, peeled
- 1 pound red grapes, quartered
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 2 avocados
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 Teaspoons sea salt
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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