A neighbor of mine brought this salad to a potluck party and it was a huge hit! Of course, I needed the recipe and she told me it was a variation of “Whole Foods Detox Salad,” but she had made some modifications. I immediately made a batch and modified it even further. Here is what I came up with…
If you are looking for a way to get more vegetables into your menu, try this delicious Detox Salad. It's a copycat of Whole's Food's version, but it'll save you money and you can control the ingredients.
- Soak the sunflower seeds in a bowl of filtered water that has one teaspoon of sea salt added to it. Leave for 7 hours before draining well.
- Gather your remaining ingredients.
- Trim the cauliflower and broccoli into smaller florets. Peel and roughly chop the carrots. Pick off the larger stalks from the parsley, but you can leave most of them in as we blitz it all anyway.
- Blitz the cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and parsley in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Tip the mixture into a large bowl.
- Add the drained sunflower seeds, currants, kelp granules, and salt to the bowl. Slice the lemons in half and squeeze in the fresh juice (catch the seeds!).
- Mix well to combine before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 470mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g
Let me tell you a bit about why this detox salad is detoxifying:
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli & cauliflower): one of the phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables (sulforaphane) can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens. This prevents the carcinogens from causing damage to the tissues in our bodies. The sulfa components also boost liver detoxification pathways.
- Carrots: Raw carrots are one the best foods to eat when doing a cleanse or detox program because they bind to toxins and waste material and remove them from the colon. Carrots have a lot of fiber which makes your stools larger. Larger stools expose fewer toxins to colon walls and press against colon walls to promote peristalsis. This means that carrots keep you regular. Regularity = toxins out!
- Currants: have been the object of phytonutrient research primarily for their unique phenol content, which helps prevent oxygen-based damage to cells in the body. Thus, they reduce oxidatively.
- Sunflower Seeds: They are high in selenium which is an important regulator of the heavy metal mercury. Selenium binds to mercury and removes it from the body. They are also high in Vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin E protects against oxidative damage. Sunflower seeds also aid the liver’s ability to detoxify.
- Kelp: Kelp promoted detoxification in the body. It also helps regulate your thyroid due to its iodine content.
- Lemons: Lemons alkalize the body and they jump-start digestion.
I pack it in Mason Jars and take it to work for lunch. So easy and portable!!!
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