Avocado Mango Broccoli Salad
Years ago, there was a dessert that I would occasionally treat myself to. It involved a brownie, a scoop of ice cream, a little cast iron skillet, hot fudge and a hot caramel sauce. The brownie and the caramel sauce were heated in the oven until sizzling. It was topped with the ice cream and hot fudge. What made this dessert so special was the combination of hot and cold, and the opposing textures of smooth and crunchy. Why is this being discussed before a recipe for a salad? Opposing textures apply to all food. They creates a more interesting mouth feel and are a simple way to add complexity. This quick and easy salad uses opposing textures and flavors. The result is divine.
As we hit the “dog days” of August, salad for dinner is an appetizing alternative to heavier meals. A dinner salad requires some substance. Avocados and mangoes are a great flavor combination but very similar in texture. By adding broccoli and a red onion, you introduce the crunch, and a big nutritional boost . Broccoli provides vitamin A, C, folic acid, and a healthy dose of calcium, magnesium and iron. Broccoli also contains Indoles, which can inactivate harmful estrogens that promote tumor growth, Sulforaphane, which stimulates cells to make cancer fighting enzymes, and beta carotene which is another known cancer fighter. Broccoli contains 26% protein and a healthy dose of calcium.
- 2 ripe avocados*, cubed
- 2 ripe mangoes, cubed
- 2 – 3 cups broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup raisins
- Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Combine all ingredients. Chill and serve!
*Make sure you have nice ripe avocados and mangoes and this salad will “dress” itself!