Creamy Broccoli Salad


This delicious broccoli salad is not only delicious but also healthy and filling. I served it with a creamy basil dressing that has avocado and lemon. A great salad for detoxing, especially for someone on phase 1 of the candida diet. I enjoyed the combination of broccoli with creamy avocado and the crunchy sunflower seeds. I really enjoyed this salad and can’t wait to make it again.

Broccoli contains phytochemicals gluconasturtiin, glucoraphanin and glucobrassicin which assist the body in neutralizing and removing toxins. Broccoli is also beneficial in preventing cancer by boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation in the body, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease and improve digestion.


  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing
    • ½ avocado, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ cup packed basil leaves
    • 1 clove garlic
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place broccoli florets in a large bowl, toss with oil. Place broccoli florets in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender. While broccoli is roasting prepare the dressing. In a high speed blender add all the ingredients and process until smooth. When broccoli is finished removed from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add avocado, onion and sunflower seeds. Stir in dressing to coat. Serve immediately.

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  1. Savanna @ Gluten Free Vegan Pantry

    That dressing sounds divine! I’ll take two of these for dinner, please! ;)

  2. Nibbles By Nic

    Wow, you are a genius! I absolutely love avocado and broccoli and that dressing is healthy and fantastic! 5 Stars!!! xo Nic

  3. Lisa @ Low Carb Yum

    I’m a huge fan of broccoli and quick salads. This recipe is perfect for me. Pinning to put on my list of easy summer dishes. Thanks!

  4. I love this, I would have never thought to use avocado in a salad dressing. It looks so delicious, great picture :)

  5. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I love everything about this! We love our broccoli and avocados here…I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Pinning!

  6. Catherine @ Living the Gourmet

    Dear Michelle, this sounds wonderful. I love that avocado dressing…so delicious. xo, Catherine

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