‘Detox’ Salad full of Dark Green Leafy Veggies

Ever feel like your body just needs a ‘detox’? All the over-indulgence of the holidays (because they just seem to keep coming!), and you feel like your body is craving something healthy and nutritious? I know this happens to me frequently. Of course, I admit, I splurge a little to often!

This salad (which from what I have gathered, originated from Whole Foods, but I adapted this recipe) is not only super healthy, it is super delicious!

If you were to hand me a bunch of broccoli, cauliflower and kale on a plate, I would say “no, thank you” – but somehow, when they are all chopped up together with a little fruit and seeds and a very light dressing – it transforms them into a bowl full of goodness.  A bowl of this salad also packs quite a nutritional punch, giving you a good dose of super foods!

‘Detox’ Salad
  • 2 broccoli crowns
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 small bunch kale (stems removed)
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup dried berries (cherries, cranberries, blueberries)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or other mild flavored vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  1. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets.
  2. Cut the carrots into large chunks.
  3. Roughly chop the kale.
  4. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the broccoli, cauliflower, kale and parsley until fine and add them to a large mixing bowl. (It will probably take more than one batch)
  5. Process the carrots and add to the bowl.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the sunflower seeds, almonds, and dried fruit.
  8. Stir to combine.
  9. Add lemon juice, vinegar and syrup.
  10. Toss to coat.
  11. Taste, and add salt and/or pepper as needed.

Warning, this recipe does make a HUGE bowl of salad, but it keeps in the refrigerator for several days.  With all the “bugs” floating around right now, I am happy to have a little immunity boosting salad in my fridge!  If I could just get my kids to eat it….

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  1. This salad sounds like something I need. I feel like I have overindulged lately. We have 3 birthdays in the span of one week! I think I will make this over the weekend. Thanks for a great looking recipe!

    • I know what you mean! At my house, as soon as Christmas and New Year’s were over, we had several birthdays and holidays back to back. It’s no wonder my pants are too tight! It’s nice to have something that you can eat as much as you want and not feel any guilt!

  2. Do you this salad would still “work” without the almonds? I recently developed a tree nut allergy after having all sorts of almonds, pecans and walnuts my entire life. SO frustrating because I know they are so good for the whole family, but I will get seriously sick if even one drops into this salad. Do you think keeping them out would affect the texture or flavor balance too much? Thinking I could have some on the side for everyone else to sprinkle in/on their portions. Thanks :) BTW – love your recipes and ideas – you are an inspiration!

    • Thanks for the sweet comment! And sorry about your tree nut allergies, that stinks! I understand all too well! My son’s allergist just recently told me that you can develop tree nut allergies at any time during your life, as opposed to a peanut allergy. But to answer your question, yes, you can definitely leave out the nuts. You could add extra sunflower seeds, or toasted sesame seeds would be a good addition if you like them. You could even put some chow mein noodles on it before serving…just to give it some crunch!

  3. I really do not likemaple syrup. The mere smell makes me gag. What would make a good substitute?

    • Honey would be a good sub if you like it. Possibly agave syrup, but I’ve never used that so I can’t be sure, I think you would have to adjust the amounts b/c I’ve heard it is sweeter.

  4. Sounds so yummy!

  5. Do you have the nutritional info for this recipe? I can’t wait to try it!

    • Sorry Tara, but I do not have the nutritional info. The Whole Foods version is listed in MyFitnessPal as 139 calories & 0.6 g of fat per cup; but I don’t know how close this version is to that one.

      • Anonymous says:

        You can try entering this recipe into myfitnesspal.com, then it breaks down the nutrition value to the amount of servings you indicate.

  6. This gets a thumbs up. Post more recipes like this!

  7. I prepared this salad this evening w/o the salt. It’s a hit w/me! I’m preparing for a radioactive iodine treatment/scan & required to eliminate many foods from my diet prior to the treatment. I could eat this salad every day. Very nutritious. Thanks for sharing.

  8. How many days do you eat this salad to detox?

    • The salad by itself is not considered a ‘detox’ diet. It may possibly be eaten as part of a detox under certain plans, as it is all natural, but there are lots of plans out there that recommend lots of different things. I can say that it will last for several days in the refrigerator. Sorry for the confusion!


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