Detox Salad

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One of my favourite things to do after visiting Whole Foods is to re-create salad bar foods or specialty products at home for much less money. Or at least, that’s my good intention until I get home and I can’t remember the ingredient list!

Not last night. :)

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Thanks Eric!

After we dined – Eric on pizza and me on the hot & cold salad bar – I picked up the ingredients for the Detox Salad and vowed to make it when I got home that night. I was literally bursting with energy after eating this salad and I knew that it would make a really great “feel-good”, make-ahead lunch.

Whole Foods salads typically have short ingredient lists as well as vegan and wheat-free options. They are the perfect inspiration for salads at home when you’re getting bored of the usual lettuce and vegetable routine.

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But why call it a detox salad?

World’s Healthiest Foods reports that cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system, detoxification system, and antioxidant system (source). These vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients. For example, one such group of phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables are called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are thought to have anti-cancer properties in a variety of research studies (source). World’s healthiest Foods also suggest consuming 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables each week for maximum benefit.

I couldn’t remember the last time I had raw broccoli or cauliflower! They are definitely not my favourite vegetables, but they were great in this salad.

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When re-creating something at home, keep in mind that ingredients are listed in order of weight. This will help guide you with how much of each you should use.

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I started with the primary ingredients- broccoli and cauliflower. I used a head of cauliflower and two heads (which was one ‘bunch’) of broccoli. I actually ended up having a bit more cauliflower than broccoli, but it wasn’t a big deal.

I usually don’t like eating big hunks of raw broccoli and cauliflower, but it was great shredded up. I processed it in the food processor until fine. If you don’t have a processor, feel free to get your chop on!

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Up next on the ingredient list: Carrots.

I plucked these babies straight from the garden. I think they are the last ones….sniff, sniff. :\

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I processed the carrots just like the broccoli and cauliflower and used about 2.5 cups of shredded carrots. I added it a cup at a time until it looked like enough!

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Then came the sunflower seeds, currants, parsley, and raisins. This is when it really starts to come together. The currants and raisins add a really nice sweetness to the salad and I wouldn’t recommend skipping them.

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I couldn’t find kelp granules at Whole Foods (and the worker told me they didn’t have any), so I just used Herbamare since it has kelp in it. Kelp is also said to be detoxifying. I did pick up a bag of whole kelp pieces though. I wonder if I could process this into granules?

I added fresh lemon juice, kosher salt, black pepper, and Herbamare all to taste.

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I served it with a drizzle of pure maple syrup to balance out the lemon juice. Yum!

Detox Salad

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Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free.

Packing a powerhouse of nutrients, this light & energizing salad will have you bursting with energy. It makes a lot so you can enjoy it all week long for easy, energizing lunches. I wouldn’t recommend skipping the currants and raisins as it adds a much needed sweetness to balance out the vegetables and lemon juice. I loved it drizzled with a touch of maple syrup just before serving. Feel free to use any herbs and spices you wish. I also love it with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Inspired by Whole Foods

Yield: 10 cups (lots for the whole week!!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads broccoli (1 bunch), stems removed
  • 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
  • 2.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • kosher salt, pepper to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp salt and lots of pepper)
  • kelp granules or Herbamare (optional), to taste
  • Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving

 

1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli (no stems) until fine. Add into large bowl.

2. Now process the cauliflower (no stems) until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.

3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants, raisins, and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.

4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste.

Note: I saved the stems for a stir-fry later on in the week.

 

Enjoyed with Sencha green tea. :)

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Thank you all so much for your comments in my health issues post. I’m still working my way through them and wanted you to know how much I appreciate your support, stories, and experiences. I had my ultrasounds yesterday and I should know my results by Thursday. Today, I meet with the naturopath! Can’t wait to hear what he says.

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 27, 2011

:) YUMMO!! In my raw foods class I did we made a salad like this, but made it curry and extra cumin with plump raisins, but the rest of the ingredients were the same. So good!!!

This is beautiful too – awesome for a potluck type dinner!

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Cait's Plate September 27, 2011

It’s incredible to me that you were able to just create your own version of this. It looks AMAZING. I would gladly detox any day if it meant eating things this delicious!

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Faith @ For the Health of It September 27, 2011

I dislike raw broccoli and cauliflower too. Actually, I’m not a big fan of most raw veggies, come to think of it. The texture of this just looks really fun, though, so I would probably be more enthusiastic about eating this than a honk of broccoli straight off the stalk!

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angela @ PattycakesnPancakes September 27, 2011

Hey girl! I just love Whole Foods. I haven’t tried this salad before but anything with anti-cancer properties is fabulous in my book. Being a cancer survivor, I try to fuel my body with healthy foods. Although this past weekend I think I may have had a bout with Diverticulitis. I love seeds and nuts so Im hoping it wasnt that. But anyways, I just came back from a MRI for my followup checkup to make sure the c word is still gone. This is the perfect recipe and just what I need today. I feel like you and I are on the save wavelength. You post topics and recipes on days when I need them the most. Thanks for being such an inspiration. My thoughts are with you and I hope your results turn out ok. xxoo

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Angela, I’m so happy to hear that your tests came back cancer free. I can imagine something like that would change you in so many ways, including what you eat. I hope you enjoy the salad!
Thanks for your positive thoughts regarding my tests. :)

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 27, 2011

This looks so good! I love how tiny all the bits are :)

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Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking September 27, 2011

This salad looks really yummy..especially with the maple syrup drizzled atop. Oh and I know this is a tad late, but related to your health post, I have suffered from syptoms similar to yours in the past and I have found that probiotics help tremendously! Maybe you should give it a try? I hope everything goes well today!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Hey Anna, It’s a great suggestion- I started taking probiotics about 6 months ago and I find they do help a lot! I ran out and didn’t take them for a couple weeks and noticed a big difference, for the worse. Im back to taking them daily now :)

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Amber K September 27, 2011

Can’t wait to see what the naturopath has to say. I have considered trying to find one for myself because I seem to have issues with various foods and it has been hard to try and pin them all down and I realllllly don’t want to do an elimination diet. Although, I think that’s what they’d tell me to do anyway!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

lol…I too am worried I will have to do an elimination diet. eek!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 27, 2011

This looks so good and perfect for packing my lunches and dinners at school! I’ll have to give it a try next week!

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 27, 2011

That salad does sound very refreshing and rejuvenating! I love all of the fresh, whole ingredients. Sounds great. :)

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Heather (heathers dish) September 27, 2011

What a delicious way to detox! :)

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Amy September 27, 2011

Hi Angela, thanks for another awesome recipe, I have had this salad at whole foods but never even thought about making it myself, so I will this weekend! :D I was recently diagnosed with PCOS as well, so I am eating cleaner than ever now, I found out when I did preliminary testing at a fertility clinic. This is something you should look into, there is no cost to do preliminary testing and the doctors really know the reproductive system so not much of a chance of a “misdiagnosis”. Something for you to think about, with that said your blog is great and thanks for being such a great inspiration to us all! :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Hi Amy,
I didn’t know that you could get preliminary testing done! Thanks for letting me know.
What does the testing involve?

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Amy September 28, 2011

I am seeing Dr. Heather Cockwell @ The Oakville Fertility & Health centre, she is amazing! I went because we have been trying to conceive and no luck after 1 year. They did blood tests & ultrasound/sonogram right there in the clinic and from your bloodwork they confirm your hormone levels, they diagnosed me with pcos based on blood tests and ultrasounds they did. It is great that they do all these tests right there in the clinic and they are very accomodating on appt times etc they get you in quick. The staff are very positive and very friendly. All this testing is covered by Ontario government, I am also going to see a Naturopath in a few weeks that specializes in PCOS, Dr. Pamela Frank in Toronto, let me know how yours goes! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2011

Thank you so much for the info! I will certainly check them out. :)

Im glad that you are getting answers you so deserve.

My 1st apt. with the naturopath went very, very good. It was therapeutic, in a strange way. It’s amazing to be listened to in a health care situation. I’m not used to that.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2011

THat is one of my FAVORITE prepared salads from WF!

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Lesley Betts September 27, 2011

Thanks for breaking down this recipe, Angela. Whole Foods has some amazing salads at their prepared food counter, but I often find buying enough for more than one serving cost prohibitive. This seems really reasonable to make at home, and sounds dee-lish! Thanks again!

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Heather September 27, 2011

This is fabulous. It’s so funny because I always do the same thing…get so excited about mimicking a Whole Foods dish that I tried, only to completely defeat the purpose by forgetting all of the ingredients. Glad to know I’m not alone.

This (along with 678543 of your recipes) is added to my must-make list!

Stay lovely,
Heather

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

haha you better get cracking! ;)

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Vir September 27, 2011

this salad looks amaaazing, i know what i’m having for lunch tomorrow!
i never commented here before but ive been following the blog for a while, and i really hope the results turn out ok :)!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Thank you!

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Kathryn September 27, 2011

This looks awesome! My husband and I eat the same way when we dine at whole foods. Pizza for Ryan salad bar for me. I wish they didn’t weigh the food by weight though! We have a place called Fresh Choice (I think it is similar to Sweet Tomatoes) that does a to go salad for $4.99 – I love that it is a flat price. Since I’m so frugal I especially love that you recreated that salad!

I’m going to make this today and I’ll juice my stems! Hope you don’t have to do a elimination diet!

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama September 27, 2011

I love hat this salad is oil free! Need to try this for sure.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 27, 2011

Yum! I am not a fan of the raw cauliflower, but this looks so great :)

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Tracey September 27, 2011

Looks delicious! After my birthday last week, and the day after day of birthday cake eating, I’m in need of some good, clean food. I’ll definitely try this out!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies September 27, 2011

I forgot the rule about descending proportions – good reminder! I love that you were inspired by the salad bar at Whole Foods, recipe inspiration is everywhere. :) This looks delicious!

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Sarah with Veggie Kids September 27, 2011

This is exactly what I was in the mood for today! What a great idea to take a picture of WF’s ingredients list. I’m like you in that I like to recreate some of their great foods. My favorite is their Aloha Sushi Roll with mangos, avocados, carrots and lettuce in a rice paper wrap…so good, but expensive so I just make my own!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 27, 2011

YUM! I love re-creating restaurant/store recipes, whether it’s healthifying (I made that word up) Starbucks drinks/treats (my latest crusade is to healthify the pumpkin cream cheese muffin!) or just re-creating already healthy options from yes, insanely expensive salad bars like Whole Foods! I can’t wait to try this, so thanks for doing the work!

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katie@ KatieDid September 27, 2011

I love the little health facts your added in there and why it works to detox the body. That’s a great choice for you right now especially as your working out your health issues and I’m sure it was easy on the gut. Looks awesome!

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Ellie@fitforthesoul September 27, 2011

haha that always happens to me too! When I want to recreate something at home, I try to make sure at the grocery store that I remember, but then I forget. That’s why taking pictures helps. It’s so funny though, when people started walking by me, and I’m taking pics of groceries with…my..dslr…they look perplexed :P lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

I know…’normal’ people must think ‘why is that insane person taking a picture of the salad bar…?’ :)

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Katie September 27, 2011

I always take pictures at WF and elsewhere to remember recipes to recreate, love it!

I have the majority of the ingredients in my fridge right now, I was just trying to think of how I could use cauliflower so I’m definitely going to try this tonight!

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bitt of raw September 27, 2011

i love the idea of one-upping whole foods by making some of their stuff at home. they have a garlicky kale salad i just love, i’ll take a pic next time (if I can do it sneakily) and if I can’t figure it out, maybe you can for me! you’d like it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

that sounds good, let me know if you make it!

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bitt of raw September 27, 2011

i saw it there today and totally forgot to sneak the pic. oh well, next time.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 27, 2011

Wow! This looks great and I’m going to share this with a friend who lives at Whole Foods pre-made bars. Thanks for deconstructing…uh, then reconstructing! :-)

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Katie September 27, 2011

I totally take pictures of the ingredients lists at WF too! I love their vegan salads, but haven’t seen this one yet. I’ll have to give it a whirl…I’m kind of an oddball in that I love raw broccoli and cauliflower.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 27, 2011

That is one of my all time favorite salads from Whole Foods! SO YUMMY!!!

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Jenny September 27, 2011

I definitely need to make one of these ASAP! Looks delicious :)

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Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection September 27, 2011

Sounds so good! I’m always looking for new salads to bring to work for lunch, thanks for sharing : )

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gia September 27, 2011

Aaand this is why I love your blog! Real food. I will go get some of the last cauliflower, carrots and broccoli at the farmers market this wknd and make this! Pefect for my work lunch. Lately, have been doing a whole zuchini, a whole tomato, 1/3 onion, some cauli, and chunks of mozzarella with italian dressing, so, so good. I will need to figure out more protein for this recipe. xo

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Ashley September 27, 2011

Hello Angela,

I stumbled on your website a couple days ago and now it is one of my favorite places to look for new recipes!!! Your recent recipe for a detox salad gave me a thought, have you ever done a “cleanse” or even some kind of eating challenge?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Hey Ashley, Glad you found the blog! I haven’t done a cleanse or detox before, but I hear I might have to do an elimination diet to test for food sensitivities. If that’s the case I will blog about it.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 27, 2011

I had no idea about the glucosinolates in cruciferous veggies. Very cool! I do know that I love the WF salad bar and wish it didn’t cost $8/lb, because I’m fairly certain my entire LivingSocial gift certificate is going down the drain. Unless I make this first, of course!

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Rhona September 27, 2011

Angela, this salad speaks to me! I love cauliflower and look for ways to eat brocolli as I dont really like it but small like this, I can manage it. I hope I can make a bowl of this for my lunch tomorrow. So fresh and nutient packed. Hm. Thanks.

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char @ char on a mission September 27, 2011

I JUST got this at Whole Foods on the weekend, too…small world!! I kinda dipped into everything at the salad bar though. So worth it!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 27, 2011

Your salad is beautiful and I love the fresh from the ground carrots with the dirt still on them. Now that is eating local and seasonal at its finest :)

And I bet the currants and raisins in the salad are perfect!

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Sarah September 27, 2011

Did you go to the Whole Foods in Missisauga? I’ve been looking forward to trying it out!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

Yes, it’s lovely!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 27, 2011

What a delicious looking salad!! I love trying to recreate dishes I see ‘out’ when I get home too!

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Melanie September 27, 2011

Hi Angela,
This recipe sounds great! I was reading some of the other posts and read that you may have to do an elimination diet. It’s a tough thing to do (I did one about 7 years ago). There is a blood test that you can do that will let you know about your food sensitivities that works so much better!! A simple finger poke and a two week wait (in my case) and all my food sensitivites were there on paper. Much more convienent to do than the elimination diet. I’m sure that your naturopath would be able to access something like that in Ontario. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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