real raw kitchen: RECIPE: thanksgiving-inspired broccoli salad

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RECIPE: thanksgiving-inspired broccoli salad

This salad is unfortunately not very photogenic--or I didn't try too hard to make it look appetizing--which is a shame because it is a really delicious salad. I served this at a group dinner in hopes that I'd be able to offer a salad that was more than just a bag of lettuce and a generic dressing. The ingredients in the salad are a pretty safe approach to salad--broccoli, avocado, apple, cranberries--but the dressing is where I took a different twist. I wanted to use fresh cranberries and keep the salad, overall, within an 801010 ratio. If I had made this salad just for myself I would have used far less avocado, but since this was for a group I opted for lots of avocado, because, well, it usually pleases the masses.

I consider this salad a huge success because nobody questioned it as a "vegan" or "raw" option and instead gobbled it up along with their other eats. If I can sneak healthy raw foods into their unsuspecting tummies then I consider my mission a complete success :)

As a side note: I did not include any nuts in the salad because a friend at the dinner is very much allergic to nuts. I feel that nuts would be a great addition if you're looking for an extra crunch.

Thanksgiving Inspired Broccoli Salad with Cranberry Dressing
(serves many)

Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup nuts, optional
For the cranberry dressing:
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 cupe medjool dates, soaked and pitted
Instructions
  • Mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. 
  • To make your dressing, place the ingredients in a food processor, blender or mini chopper** and process until a paste forms. 
  • Pour over the salad. 
  • Mix until incorporated.

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2 comments:

  1. I've been searching for a raw vegan recipe to bring to Thanksgiving that can still go undetected as a "special diet" option. This is so perfect! It sounds delicious.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad!! I hope everyone likes it, though I think they will :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xo

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