Super Tasty Detox Salad- What Makes a Good Salad?
This month marks the month where salads all over the world are celebrated! And what a better place to celebrate then here in this group when talking about detox! If carefully thought out, every salad you craft can be a detoxing, rejuvenating piece of nutrition.
- 1 cup kale chopped
- 1 cup white cabbage chopped
- 1 cup red cabbage chopped
- 1 cup broccoli florets chopped lighlty
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts chopped
- ½ cup carrots shredded
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 4 cups dark leafy lettuce or greens (spinach, arugula, water cress)
- 3 tbsp MCT oil or olive oil
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 tsp honey
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- Mix all chopped vegetables together in a large bowl.
- Food processor works great to chop the vegetables. Just be careful not to chop too finely.
- Add nuts separately to chopped vegetables.
- In a separate bowl, mix all dressing ingredients and add to salad bowl. Mix thoroughly.
- Serve over dark leafy salad greens, with slice of lemon, and dash of cayenne pepper. Enjoy!
When detoxing, we want to add foods that are:
- easily digestible (salads – check!)
- packed full of rich nutrients (salads – check!)
- light and low in calories, (salads – check!)
- and of course, they must be delicious! (salads – check!)
- Sweet – builds tissues, calms nerves, ex. Tomatoes, dried or fresh fruit, grains, legumes, and certain starchy vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets)
- Sour – cleanses tissues, increases absorption of minerals (ex. Lemon/lime juice, citrus fruits, sour milk products like yogurt, cheese, and sour cream, and fermented foods, such as wine, vinegar, pickles, sauerkraut, and soy sauce
- Salty – improves taste to food, lubricates tissues, stimulates digestion (ex. Natural salts, sea vegetables, such as kelp)
- Bitter – detoxifies and lightens tissues (ex. Dark leafy greens, herbs and spices
- Pungent – stimulates digestion and metabolism (ex. Chili peppers, garlic, legumes, vegetables, such as herbs and spices)
- Astringent – absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats (ex. Legumes, raw fruits and vegetables, such as cranberries, pomegranates, pears, dried fruit, and broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke, asparagus, turnip, as well as many beans