Avocado Mango Broccoli Salad

by Susan on August 10, 2009

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.

Avocado Mango Broccoli Salad

serves 4-6

  • 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. 

1. Combine all ingredients. Chill and serve! 

*Make sure you have nice ripe avocados and mangoes and this salad will “dress” itself!

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Joseph August 10, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Wow, great information on opposing textures applying to all food. I never really thought of it, but you are definitely correct as I remember some of my favorite dishes. Like this dish that my wife makes: The base is a blend of both quinoa, and cous, cous, this is topped with a blend of steamed; broccoli, and cauliflower, along with lima beans, and roma beans. I’m a sauce guy, so I like to add a sauce called “Soy Vey Very Very Teri” its an all natural sauce with sesame seeds. A must try I would say.
Anyway, thanks so much for what you are doing on this blog, and for raw cooking. It has been a pleasure finding you on twitter @Rawvelous. Keep up the great work.

Susan August 10, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for the great comment! BTW, my friend Joanna at Freshblessings.net is @rawvelous. I am under @SusanPowers and @Rawmazing. Glad you are enjoying!!!

Mike Lieberman August 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm

As always your pics are incredible. Love the idea for this salad too. Never know what to do with broccoli. Must make this one.

Heather August 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Wow, this looks and sounds delicious! What a great way to eat broccoli!

Eating Raw Foods Info August 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

This salad looks great! I see you don’t use any dressing. That is a hard thing for me to give up. I make my own out of olive oil, lemon juice, basil and a pinch of salt. But if you can do without it, that’s probably even better:-)

Susan August 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

This salad definitely does not need any dressing! All of the flavors blend really well and there is enough moisture from the mango. I would be concerned that introducing olive oil, lemon and basil would completely mask the delicate flavors of this salad.

Janet August 11, 2009 at 1:01 am

Oh yum! This looks and sounds amazing! I am definitely going to make it.

Emily August 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

This salad sounds divine! Thank you for sharing ~ it has been bookmarked for one day very soon :)

Kara August 15, 2009 at 2:06 am

Yum, broccoli & avocados are two of my favorite foods. I will have to try this with the mango, I’ve never had broccoli & mango together before. Sounds delicious!

Annalea August 16, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Made this tonight and it was divine! Excellent combination of texture and flavors. I did a small splash of extra virgin olive oil and a few spritzes of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Was also thinking that if one didn’t have broccoli purple cabbage might be a decent substitue.

Thanks for the delicious recipe! I’ll be making it again soon!

Gena August 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

This is lovely! I have a mango/avo salad to post soon, too! It’s a fave of mine.

Cindi August 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

This salad was awesome! I just loved the different textures and the flavors really blended well together, I will definitely make it again.

Phil August 23, 2009 at 8:50 am

Can’t wait to try this. For laughs, I should take a picture of mine and compare it to yours. I’ve already commented on how intimidated your perfect slicing makes me.

Jean August 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I made this for a raw potluck. I was hesitant because of the broccoli mango combination. I did add an extra cup of processed mango to make it saucier. It was my first potluck and this was gone before all the other dishes. I didn’t even get seconds on it!

Janet October 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I’ve made this 3X in the past 2 weeks—always to rave reviews. It is so amazingly tasty! Doesn’t last long at our house.

Janet October 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm

FYI: This isn’t listed on your recipes page under “Salads”.

Isabel March 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Made this yesterday and today.. delicious, i think i’m addicted!!

Stacy May 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I have to tell you, this has become a staple at my house. I make it at least once a week. It’s a very satisfying meal and I love that I almost always have the ingredients on hand if I’m short on time!


Paula Urquhart May 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Hello Susan I’d like to tell you another great invention & now another favourite! I am making this dish once again… between this one & the Broccoli Stirfry I love my broccoli again, lol Not like when I was a kid, ewe, I’m not eating those green little trees, haha… THANK YOU for your rawmazing creations, you are truly gifted xx PS: have networked your website with all my facebook friends they should know this site is the best!! Best of success, always! Paula
I have posted pictures from your site that I have made & get a lot of great feedback!

Paula Urquhart May 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

PS: I know we have emailed via hotmail account and regarding me praising you and your creations I had worded the last sentence incorrectly, sorry to let you know I posted photos OF MY success to using your recipes, would NEVER infringe on your copyright ever & as for the link I had mentioned to you to get people learning about you, and to GET in touch with YOU regarding any recipes, I apologize if the comment isn’t straight forward. I only use these recipes for ME, to eat more healthy… thank YOU for inspiring me.

Jane Plass February 15, 2011 at 1:31 am

I had this for lunch today, and it was really delicious. I’ll make it again!

Alexis Kimbrough March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This is rawmazing! Just starting on this journey and this was really good. Had it with the watermelon lemonade, good dinner and leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

sara dm April 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

I made this salad quite few times, the mixed textures are really blending wonderfully. Planning to do it again this week

Susan April 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Glad you like it! It is one of my favorites!

Rhinda Hale July 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Susan, I added chopped jicama to replace the onions since I’m not an onion fan. It turned out so yummy!

Denise August 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

This salad is really delicious! It tastes so good!

Brooke August 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Best thing I have eaten in a long time! So yummy. Thank you Susan for making healthy and delicious synonomus!

Jacqui September 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Salads with broccoli in really yweak my interest. Yummy

Helene September 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

do you used fresh raisin or dry ? thank you

Susan September 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I am confused by the raisin question…

Emma October 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

Absolutely adore this salad. Healthy raw dishes like this one with just a few ingredients to throw together are right up my street :) Thank you!

Deborah Petersen January 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

That was fantastic!! Did not have broccoli or raisins so I substituted chopped up kale and dried cherries. Divine!

Tiffany January 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

This salad was SO good. I will definitely make it again. :)

Marge April 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I am transitioning to eating more raw food and trying new recipes… this one was a complete hit! I could not believe how wonderful it was without any dressing. So yummy even my picky toddler loved it. Thank you and keep up the creativity and awesome work!

Christine April 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

This salad is delicious! I substituted some dried cranberries and blueberries that I had on hand. Can’t wait to make this again during the summer months.

Bettena April 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

This salad is a delight to the taste buds! I made it for a get together and everyone loved it! Bless you Susan for sharing you talent with us and helping us to eat well without sacrificeing. Your work makes it easy to switch to a raw diet. I am so gld i found your site. a million times “Thank you!”

Judy July 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

This was absolutely delicious and *definitely* did not need dressing. If I weren’t watching my weight, I would have eaten half of it for dinner instead of packaging up leftovers! I like cooked broccoli, but I really don’t like raw broccoli, so my husband sauteed the broccoli until crisp-tender (he’s the chef in the house). It was perfect. Thanks for much for posting it!

Alex February 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

What could i use to substitute the raisins?

Katie February 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

This recipe is so good! I left out the raisins, added green peppers and for a dressing I just used a couple squirts of lime juice with cayenne pepper. This will definitely be a weekly staple in my house!

Susan February 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

If you don’t like them, you can just leave them out. :-)

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