Detox Salad

Have you ever felt like you needed to detox? I usually feel like I need it most after a vacation or a weekend that’s full of indulgences — like wine with the girls on Friday night, date night that includes a decadent dinner on Saturday and a day full of snacking on Sunday. This makes sense because alcohol, high sugar foods and processed foods can slow down or hinder our digestive systems.

Of course our bodies have their own natural detoxification system but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to get back to the basics and help your body with the process. That’s my goal for the next two weeks.

Detox Salad

Today I want give you a recipe for one of the salads I’ve been enjoying this week. It’s packed full of delicious foods that contain vital nutrients and are perfect for cleansing. And it’s tasty too!

Detox Salad

I love how vibrant it is.

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Detox Salad
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I must give you a fair warning that several ingredients in this salad do need to be prepped beforehand -- like marinating the mushrooms and roasting the beets and brussel sprouts. These things do take a bit of time so it might be easier to do them the day/night before and keep the veggies in the fridge until you're ready to prepare the salad. That's what I did and it worked out great because the veggies were already cool. Feel free to use this as a guide and substitute ingredients with what you have on hand as well, I'm sure it will still turn out wonderfully.
Serves: 3
  • ½ bunch of kale, de-stemmed and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 4 oz. organic spring mix
  • ⅓ of a small head of red cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 carrots, chopped or cut into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • ½-1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 portobello caps, chopped and marinated in dressing for at least 1 hour, but overnight is best
  • 1 large or 2 small roasted beets, chopped into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 cup roasted brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ avocado, sliced
Balsamic Dressing
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Prep all your veggies. Start with the things that take the longest like roasting the beets and brussels sprouts as well as marinating the mushrooms.
  2. To marinate the mushrooms, simply combine all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and place mushrooms into the bowl to marinate. Stir occasionally (or shake if you're using a tupperware container) to make sure all the pieces are getting coated in the dressing.
  3. After marinating the mushrooms, add the mushrooms and remaining dressing into a large bowl with all the rest of the salad ingredients except the roasted brussels sprouts, sunflower seeds and avocado.
  4. Mix everything together. A large tupperware container works great for this because you can put the lid on it and shake all the ingredients to mix them up, but if you don't have one, stirring everything together in a big salad bowl with a spoon will work.
  5. You can let the salad marinate a bit more before serving (this will help to soften the kale a bit) or you can serve immediately. To serve, place salad portion on to a plate or bowl and top with roasted brussels sprouts, avocado slices and then sprinkle on some sunflower seeds.
  6. Left overs can be stored in the fridge for a day or two. You should be able to get at least 3 large salads out of it. You could combine any left over brussels sprouts, avocado and sunflower seeds with the salad for easier storage if you'd like. I usually keep them separate because the beets discolor everything and the sunflower seeds get a little soggy. If you're not worried about how pretty your avocado and brussels sprouts look for food photos or soggy sunflower seeds, than don't worry about keeping those items separate.

Detox Salad

It’s great to have on hand for fast meals and it gets even better as the ingredients have time to marinate in the dressing. I ate the salad as my meal for lunch one day and then had it again for dinner with a side of broiled salmon.

Detox Salad

The ingredients not only taste good, but they’ll make you feel good as well. Happy detoxing. πŸ˜‰

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  1. This salad looks absolutely deliscious! I always wondered how people eat raw portabellos…duh, marinate them! I will absolutely be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This looks so good. Just put it in my Evernote to make it later.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. This salad sounds so good!!! I hope the detox is going well! I can’t wait to hear your final results πŸ™‚

  4. Gorgeous salad! If I’ve been away for a day or two I tend to feel a little sluggish due to being out of routine and eating foods I wouldn’t normally but a day of eats with salads just like this and lighter refreshing food and I’m back to my old self no time πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  5. Salad looks great! I think I need a detox! I am thinking of doing the 7DSD next week πŸ™‚

  6. What a gorgeous and healthy salad! I’m excited to hear more about your cleanse over the next few weeks πŸ™‚

  7. That salad is BEAUTIFUL! Mmmmm

  8. I saw this on my FB feed this morning the moment I woke up and wanted to jump out of bed and start roasting mushrooms. Oh heavens this looks outstanding!!!

  9. omg this sounds delicious! You always have the best food combinations πŸ˜€

  10. looks delicious!

  11. I was thinking about beets on a salad and wanting to try brussel sprouts so this kills two birds with one stone! How long do you roast the beets and brussel sprouts?

  12. Hi Brittany! I always love your creative salad recipes πŸ™‚ I did my own 7 day detox too after the Christmas break and felt so much better afterwards. Your body really does thank you for it! I’m like you though, sometimes I like to detox every now and then after a night out with my girlfriends or if I’ve been travelling and haven’t been 100% on my best eating behaviour. I checked out the conscious cleanse and will definitely give it a go next time I need a detox.

    Thanks again!

  13. I just had a really excellent raw kale salad last night, and I’m thinking I might want to experiment with them on my own. I like the combination of ingredients in this salad, and how it’s hearty enough to make ahead of time and have on hand for lunches, etc. I think I could even give marinated mushrooms a go – not really a fan of them raw, but they do sound good with that dressing.

  14. I am anxious to hear more about your cleanse. I find the whole idea fascinating, but I have never done one myself because so many “cleanses” require you to take a million and one supplements. I am a real food kind of girl πŸ™‚ This salad looks delish, and I am especially intrigued by the dressing. Yum, and thanks for sharing!

  15. Would love to hear more about this cleanse! I’ve been looking for a whole foods cleanse to try out and this one sounds like it could be perfect!

  16. love it!!!!! thank you so much for this recipe…..your ausome!!!!!

  17. Wow, this salad looks amazing! I love all the color! Will definitely be trying this soon.

  18. wow! now that’s what i call a salad! πŸ™‚ delicious!

  19. Yum!! This has all of my favorite ingredients in one salad, it doesn’t get better than that!!! Delicious!!

  20. this looks AMAZING! i WILL be making this.

  21. Wow this salad looks amazing!, definately going to try this soon, pity its hard to buy kale in Australia! will have to hunt around for it πŸ™‚

  22. I have been meaning to make this salad for some time, and tonight I finally did! It was delicious! My family said “I am full in a good way” πŸ™‚

  23. This looks great! I just made four servings for this week’s lunches, and I’m looking forward to trying it.

  24. Rebekah Wilson says:

    I just made this for my family and it was delish! Had it for dinner with roasted sweet potatoe wedges. Yummy !

    Thanks for a great recΓ¨pe to add to my book πŸ™‚

  25. Hi I’ve been trying to sign up for your emails but can’t get it to submit. Just discovered your site and great info and recipes. Please advise what the 7 Day Detox is and how I can get signed up. Thanks

  26. Looks delicious. Would like more recipes.

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