Summer is coming! School is out, it’s already in the 90’s here in Dallas, and my husband and I are absolutely worshiping the grill right now. We have a cheap little charcoal grill that we got when we moved into our house last summer, but man, we are loving the backyard BBQ food right now. Tons of grass-fed burgers, grilled chicken and shrimp, and grilled veggies. Yum! We’ve already got a few BBQ’s on the agenda this summer and I’ve been thinking ahead to what I could bring as a side and settled on Avocado Bacon Broccoli Salad. Can you say, crowdpleaser?
Though going to meals at non-paleo/AIP friends houses can be daunting, the best way to manage it is by always bringing along a dish that is totally safe for you to eat, and great for sharing! That way, you’re not the odd one out drinking bone broth from a thermos in the corner, but the cool gal/guy who brought that killer dish that everyone loves. This Avocado Bacon Broccoli salad is perfect for that!
It’s creamy, crunchy, slightly and sweet, giving it all of the elements of a traditional broccoli salad, plus it’s full of healthy fats and veggies!
Typically broccoli salad may be made with cheese, some sort of dairy dressing like mayo, and I’ve even seen some with sugar in them. What a way to ruin a veggie side dish by dumping sugar on it, right?
This broccoli salad is made with strictly whole food ingredients that are all crowd pleasers even with SAD eaters. Basically, everyone loves bacon and avocado right? There’s also a whole head of broccoli, crunchy celery, spicy red onion, raisins to give it a bit of sweetness, and apple cider vinegar for a little tang.
- 1 head of broccoli, cored removed and finely chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 4 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 2 tbsp rasins
- 1 large avocado, diced
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the broccoli, bacon, raisins, red onion and celery
- In a separate bowl, combine the avocado, salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar and mash together
- Spoon out the avocado mixture and stir into the broccoli salad
- Chill the refrigerator for about an hour
- Serve within a couple of hours
It’s just that easy! Prep it on the day of a backyard BBQ or picnic as a perfect side dish to bring along. It doesn’t break the bank, it doesn’t turn up any noses, and it’s packed with nutrients and flavor.
It’s also the perfect, easy side dish to have on a lazy summer afternoon at home. My husband and I enjoyed it just by ourselves with lunch.
No matter how you eat it, enjoy, and happy summer!