Spring Cleaning Detox Salad

A vibrant detox salad with kale, carrots, bell pepper, radishes, cucumber, avocado, walnuts, beets, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette. This flavorful salad is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fat and protein.

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There’s been an above average amount of fog in my harbor lately…please tell me you can relate! Blame it on back-to-back Q4 through Q1 holidays, complete with all the heavy (read: delicious) foods. Blame it on not paying a lick of attention to my ratio of kale-to-alcohol. Or my beet-to-dairy or radish-to-sugar consumption. Blame it on visiting über fun friends who really know how to tie one on.

The fog-laiden harbor can only mean one thing…

Time for a little spring cleaning!

And not just the kind that requires washing the base boards, removing the cobwebs from the window sill, and wiping the beet juice stains off your cabinets…the kind that detoxes your bodacious bod.

 Spring Cleaning Detox Salad with kale, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, beets, avocado, walnuts, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #vegan #vegetarian #detox #salad #cleaneating #letthemeatkale

I’m all about enjoying a bottle glass of vino and a bar piece of chocolate, but without interspersions of clean-as-a-whistle superfood bowls of vegetables, this girl’s mind, body, and soul becomes – how do I say this? – lazy. The cleaner I eat, the better my mind functions, and the more efficiently I move and work.

Which is why I’m going to eat paleo for the rest of my life. Just.kidding.

But a big ass salad from time to time will suffice.

If only for one meal, all it takes is a little attention to dirt-ail to re-set the system, allow the fog to lift, and get your body back to homeostasis. This particular varietal of detox salad functions marvelously as a dual refrigerator-cleanout slash body-cleanout. Complete with kale, cucumbers, cooked beets, carrots, bell pepper, radishes, walnuts, and avocado, and dressed in a super cleansing lemon-parsley vinaigrette. I posted a very similar Detox Kale Salad a couple years back, but wanted to re-visit the idea of a bowl full of raw goodness because dang good squeaky clean food is timeless, ya feel?

Spring Cleaning Detox Salad with kale, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, beets, avocado, walnuts, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #vegan #vegetarian #detox #salad #cleaneating #letthemeatkale

Here’s what this bowl awards you:

Kale: High in Vitamins K, A, and C, powerful antioxidants that help fight and prevent cancer and cleanse your system of damaged cells. Contains the B Vitamin, Folate, which is important for keeping your brain healthy. Supports healthy digestion with a high amount of fiber.

Carrots: Full of beta-carotene, and antioxidant that prevents cancer and slows the aging of cells. Promotes healthy skin, vision, and digestion, and cleanses the liver due to a high concentration of Vitamin A.

Radishes: Calm inflammation, bloating and indigestion. Full of Vitamin C, phosphorous, and zinc, which keep your body hydrated and boost your immune system.

Bell pepper: Contains beta-carotene – that amazing antioxidant that helps cleanse your liver of damaged cells. Full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B6, and folate which support your immune system and brain function.

Beets: Chock full of Vitamins A, B, C, potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorous, and iron. These nutrients kick your immune system into high gear by preventing disease and cancer, and help calm inflammation. The carbohydrates in beets lend an incredible source of energy to your system without spiking your blood sugar. Plus, beets are nature’s Viagra…so there is that.

Cucumber: Because cucumbers are primarily water, they are great at keeping you hydrated. Their natural ability to lower your body temperature helps relieves heart burn by cooling down your system. Cucumbers also lower your cortisol (stress hormone) and lowers uric acid levels, which keeps your kidneys healthy.

Walnuts: Contain antioxidants that support heart health, lower blood pressure, and are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are a good source of vegan protein, which makes for a well-rounded meal.

Avocado: Full of monounsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids), which are the healthy fats that help you process food and absorb nutrients. Omega 3s also support emotional health and keep you happy!

So there you have it! A powerhouse infusion of a variety of raw veggies works wonders for cleansing your system, undoing some damage, and filling you with the proper nutrients to keep your body and brain working at full speed. Also a great hangover cure. Just add bacon.

Spring Cleaning Detox Salad with kale, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, beets, avocado, walnuts, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette | theroastedroot.net #vegan #vegetarian #detox #salad #cleaneating #letthemeatkale

Spring Cleaning Detox Salad

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Detox Kale Salad:

  • 1 head lacinato kale thinly sliced, dino
  • 1 head Russian red kale finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 6 small radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and grated
  • 1/2 small cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red beet roasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut halves chopped

Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon avocado oil*
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 large lemon
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons stone ground mustard
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

Prepare the Detox Kale Salad:

  1. Wash the kale leaves under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Remove the stalks and discard. Finely chop the leaves and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the serving bowl and add desired amount of dressing. Toss everything together to combine.

Prepare the Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

  1. In a small blender or food processor, add all of the ingredients for the dressing and blend until smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a small blender, whisking the ingredients together in a bowl works well, too.

Recipe Notes

*avocado oil can be replaced with grapeseed oil or olive oil

 

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Comments

  1. Emily

    I could get on board with crunching my way through this, especially after one too many pieces of (super delicious) coconut cake this past weekend;) Beautiful salad! Walnuts and avocado make any salad a winner in my book!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I would take a big ass salad like this ANY DAY. Beautiful . . spring cleaning for the body. . love it. . and it’s what I’m doing now. . after my ham-eating Easter feast. . this is perfection!

  3. Karen

    I love the kale to alcohol ratio reference. I needed a good laugh knowing I’m not the only one feeling the pain. thank you for the salad option to start focusing on getting back on track. looks yummy

    1. Julia Post author

      I’d be lying if I said I don’t eat salads like this for the sake of being able to drink all the beers without a guilty conscience. Sounds like you and I are on the same wavelength 😉

  4. Joanne

    Mostly I’ve noticed that when I eat/drink nonstop crap, I become totally inefficient and lethargic! Aren’t all these excess calories supposed to go SOMEWHERE. Sheesh. I’ve had a salad-full week though and need to keep the momentum going with this baby!

    1. Julia Post author

      Exactly – you’d think calories yield energy, but really it’s the type of calories that count. Let’s detox and retox together, deal?! xo

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  17. Mary

    Beautiful beautiful salad!! I’m going to Whole Foods tomorrow and I’m getting all these ingredients – thank you for the inspiration!

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