Avocado Broccoli Slaw Salad

Tonights dinner was Avocado Broccoli Slaw salad. One of my favourite salads & it is always absolutely delicious. I love this salad for a number of reasons: not only is it delicious, it is also healthy, vegan, quick & easy to make! Does it get much better then that?

Ingredients:

– 1 Lime

– 1 Avocado

– 2 garlic cloves (or whatever you prefer)

– 1 pear (I used an asian pear)

– Fresh ground pepper to taste

– 1 bag of Organic Broccoli Slaw

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For Christmas my mom gave me “M&M Garlic’s” Minced Garlic – I love their garlic products & they are from my hometown, so that is even cooler! Better yet, already having the minced garlic on-hand makes this salad even quicker to make!

Salad Preparation:

– Empty the bag of broccoli slaw into a bowl

– Dice the asian pear & add it to the broccoli slaw (mixing it in)

*I made the dressing in my Blendtec blender but feel free to use an immersion blender.

-Remove the skin & pitt from the avocado. Add the avocado to the blender.

-Add as much garlic as you prefer to the blender. I love garlic and used a tablespoon of minced garlic.

-Cut the lime in half and squeeze all of the lime juice into the blender. Cut the pulp out of the lime & also add it.

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-Add fresh pepper grinds.

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– & blend until you have a creamy dressing!

*I LOVE garlic & pepper- almost all of the food I make I add a ton of garlic and pepper!

– Add the dressing to the salad & mix in!

ImageSince this is all I was making for dinner tonight, I decided to add quinoa to make it more filling. Quinoa is great in salads- the salad becomes more filling & more nutrient rich. Quinoa is full of benefits, to name a few: it is full of fiber (makes for a happy tummy), protein & magnesium rich, contains iron & is gluten free (it is not related to the wheat family).

Quinoa cooking instructions:

1. To add quinoa to this salad- measure out 1/2 cup of quinoa.

Image2. Rinse Quinoa. Why? Quinoa naturally comes with a bitter coating called saponin. You can rinse quinoa or soak to remove the saponin coating.

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3. After rinsing, add it to the cooking pot, add 1 cup of water. I also added a veg cube to add more flavour to the quinoa.

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4. Bring water to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer.

5. Cook for approx. 15 minutes.

6. Remove quinoa from heat & allow to sit for 5 minutes with the lid left on.

7. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, eat plain or add to the salad!

ImageImageImageIt was my 1st time adding quinoa to the avocado broccoli slaw salad and it was delicious. There was also enough left overs for our lunches tomorrow!

Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do!

Paige xo.