This Gluten Free Vegan Grilled Broccoli, Carrot and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing is the perfect balanced salad recipe for Summer grilling or BBQ entertaining or weeknight meals.
I’m big on BBQ. When the weather heats up BARELY past freezing, I am ALL OVER that grill outside. And I don’t just stick to the usual BBQ suspects. It doesn’t always have to be grilled corn and BBQ hamburgers. These days I have been grilling all sorts of random veggies and fruits, and this gluten free vegan grilled broccoli, carrot and avocado salad with sesame dressing has become one of our all time faves.
How to Make this Gluten Free Vegan Grilled Broccoli, Carrot and Avocado Salad
While broccoli and carrots may seem like winter veg, they’re so accessible and available all year long, it’s a shame not to summer-fy them by throwing them on the grill. This gluten free vegan grilled broccoli, carrot and avocado salad starts with a solid BBQ sesh, and then gets some savoury umami-rich flavour with a sesame dressing. I love stir-fried broccoli and carrots, so a refreshing summer salad with a similar flavour profile seemed like a perfect fit. I then throw in some avocado for the creamy factor, and some chili for heat, but of course, we need texture and crunch. All salads need crunch. Honestly, any nuts would do, but to stay on theme with this gluten free vegan grilled broccoli, carrot and avocado salad I love adding cashews, sesame seeds and toasted coconut. But we can’t forget the crown- the microgreens. Guys, shit gets fancy when you add microgreens, so you might as well add those babies to EVERYTHING.
This vegan grilled broccoli, carrot and avocado salad is so beautiful on a big platter, it’s ideal for summer entertaining (think Father’s Day, labour day and more), but it’s also so simple you can make a big batch on a Sunday, enjoy it for dinner and then have extra for lunch throughout the week. So so good.
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Gluten Free Vegan Grilled Broccoli, Carrot and Avocado Salad
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 head broccoli cut into long spears
- 1 bunch carrots peeled and halved or quartered (depending on the size)
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 red Thai chili minced
- 1 cup microgreens
- 1/4 cup cashews toasted
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut toasted
- 1/4 tsp white sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp black sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a bowl, mix together the salad dressing ingredients and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Preheat grill to medium high heat. Toss the broccoli and carrots with oil and grill until tender and lightly charred.
- Arrange the salad by mixing the grilled veggies, avocado, and microgreens with the dressing. Top with the red chilli, coconut, cashews, and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.