Detox Salad

It’s January again, the time when we emerge from our holiday food comas and pledge to eat healthier, hit the gym or change our self-destructive patterns.

Back in the day, the period between Christmas and New Year’s was my favourite time of the year. That’s when all the holiday candy would go on sale, and I’d stock up on brightly wrapped Hershey kisses and tins of Quality Street.

Happily, those days are over for me, but I’ve certainly indulged at a few holiday meals this season. Overeating is overeating, even if you’re consuming something on the healthier side.

This salad is incredibly tasty and will help you feel healthy and energized. You won’t feel deprived while eating it, I promise! I’m usually not crazy about raw broccoli and raw cauliflower, but in this recipe they totally work – it’s amazing how consistency and shape can transform the flavour of a dish.

Whether you use a food processor, box grater or a high-speed blender, the important thing is to get everything chopped up small. This recipe makes a large quantity, so you may want to halve it. And if you’re making it ahead of time, wait to add the dressing right before serving.

Do you have any resolutions to be healthier this year? Share them in the comments!

Detox Salad
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free
Serves: 8
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems removed
  • 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
  • 2 ½ cups shredded carrots
  • ½ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup currants or raisins
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving
  1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli until fine. Add into large bowl.
  2. Now process the cauliflower until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.
  3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants or raisins and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste, then serve.


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16 Responses to Detox Salad

  1. miles January 2, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    i am going to make that today 😛

  2. frugalfeeding January 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Looks great and so light! I need a detox, but I have so many naughty things left to eat 😀

  3. Alison Smitten January 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Sondi….I made this for dinner tonight! It was yummy!!!!

    • Sondi Bruner January 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      I’m so glad! It’s an awesome salad.

  4. infinebalance January 3, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    This looks amazing…. I’m going to try it tonight. :)

  5. Nicole January 3, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I make this salad about every other week to take to work for lunch. I skip the syrup, use garlic salt, and use apple cider vinegar to give it a kick!

    • Sondi Bruner January 3, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion! I think garlic would be nice in here.

  6. shelley July 16, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    if you make this without adding the dressing, how long do you think it’ll last in the fridge?

    • Sondi Bruner July 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      I wouldn’t want to leave it for more than two days. If you make it ahead, leave out the seeds, too, so they don’t get soggy.

  7. Mindy August 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    What is the maple syrup for ??? Could I leave it off

    • Sondi Bruner August 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      It gives the salad a touch of sweetness to balance the sourness from the lemon. I’ve never had it without the maple syrup – I suspect it may taste a bit more bland, but you’re welcome to leave it out! Let me know how it goes.

  8. lvngwell December 24, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Reblogged this on My Plan For World Domination and commented:
    I am soooo doing this!!!

  9. Tracy January 28, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    How many servings does it make? This thing is huge!

    • Sondi Bruner January 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      It does make a lot. At least 8 servings, more if the servings are smaller.

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