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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Ashley September 27, 2011

Umm, can I just tell you how jealous I am that you pulled those carrots fresh from YOUR garden??? So fun! I laughed when I spotted the kelp granules at WF today. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

I knew they would have them…lol. The salad did come from WF right? Silly worker.

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Molly @ RDexposed September 27, 2011

I wish I would have had some of this during sophomore year of college on Sunday afternoons when I woke up…if you know what I mean.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

i hear ya!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2011

This looks awesome! I’m one of those weirdos who loves raw broccoli and cauliflower, so this is perfect for me. And it’ll really help my WF withdrawal, since I go to school 2 hours away from the Oakville WF. I’m starting to really miss it! :P

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Rufina Gillette September 27, 2011

Oh my goodness! Can’t wait to try it…when my husband and I went on vacation last year to California, I made it a “vegetarian”-themed two weeks, since there is such great selection out there, compared to my small town in northern New York. Whole Foods was a regular stop. Came across “The Veggie Grill” and their FABULOUS kale salad, appropriately called “All Hail Kale!”. Here’s a copy of the recipe, I know you’ll love it too:
http://gardenstotables.com/recipes/salads/140-all-hail-kale-from-the-veggie-grill

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2011

mmm that looks good!

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Emma (Emma+Jacob) September 27, 2011

Ohhh sucks that we do not have WholeFoods here! But that salad is super! It looks just like my go-to salad here at home. Never occurred to me to use kelp though :D Thanks for sharing this! And I’m always praying for you!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat September 27, 2011

I have a photo collection of the ingredient lists of all of the expensive raw crackers. The photos get printed and stuffed in my recipe box.
Great looking salad, but raw broccoli? One word: gas!

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Anne September 27, 2011

I had this at Whole Foods today! It was amazing, and I will definitely be re-creating, using your recipe. Thanks!

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Katrina September 27, 2011

Love this! Can’t wait to try :)

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Sarah September 27, 2011

looks awesome! I’ve been needing some good new meal ideas that are raw, vegan, gf & sf!

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Megan September 27, 2011

I LOVE the new fall blog header! Yea fall! :)

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Bethany September 27, 2011

I’m glad I’m not the only one trying to remember the ingredients lists to Whole Foods’ prepared salads! I’m ALWAYS scoping out what they’ve got, but then I never remember to write it down :0) Thanks for sharing this! Looks amazing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

amazing food can cause temporary memory loss! ;)

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Tatomme @ Fresh Potater September 27, 2011

Mmm I used to work at a store/deli like WF…I need to remember some of those salad recipes as yes, they are pretty incredible! I love broccoli salads.

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kathleen September 27, 2011

And I thought that I was the only one who took pics of those WF’s salad ingredient list. I’m obsessed with WF kamut salads. I thought the blueberry one I recreated this summer turned out good but yours looks way better. I’ll have to give it a try

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 27, 2011

We don’t have Whole Foods here in the prairies (hehe), but we do have Planet Organic! They too have a salad bar that I love going to. But you’re right, it’s SO expensive. I’ve recreated many of their recipes and added my own personal touches. Great work on the salad :)

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dragonfly180 September 28, 2011

yum! that looks really delicious! i’ve never had currants. i don’t even know if i can get them. i wonder if cranberries would work in their place. might have to try this soon. thanks for the recipe! :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 28, 2011

This salad looks so good! I’m making it tonight! I could use a detox salad with all the sweets I have eaten lately. I see pudge forming in my belly!! Funny how the body craves fresh nutritious foods!!

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Hannah September 28, 2011

I know I’ll love this! I’ve eaten broccoli and cauliflower half-steamed, half-raw almost every night for six months… they’re always the cheapest veg, so just as well I love them! :P

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Leslie September 28, 2011

I, too, love the Detox Salad from WF, but stopped buying it due to the cost. I can’t thank you enough for the recipe and instructions!!

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LizAshlee September 28, 2011

I love Whole Foods…so much inspiration to make delicious recipes like the detox salad!!

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Amelia @ princessandthefrosting September 28, 2011

That looks so good and tasty! Anything inspired by whole foods will obviously be delicious! Great pics :)

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 28, 2011

This looks delicious! I’ve never actually eaten raw cauliflower before but I figure that since I eat so much of it cooked, it’ll be fine. I want to try this ASAP.

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Angela@veggievinyasa September 28, 2011

This looks soooo good. I’m not a fan of raw cauliflower and broccoli either, but it looks good chopped up so small. I’m transitioning to a mostly plant-based diet, and I’ve found the food processor is my new best friend. Thanks for sharing!

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Get Skinny, Go Vegan. September 28, 2011

I make this at home too. It’s one of the only things I get at their salad bar!!
I always wonder if the kale, etc…on their salad bar is organic. It does not say that it is!

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lesley graham September 28, 2011

i just made this and subbed apples for raisins and walnuts for sunflower seeds. YUM. thanks for all of the great + healthy recipes!

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Laureen September 28, 2011

This looks like my kind of salad and who doesn’t need some detox after a yummy sweets filled vacation? Well, I will, that’s for sure. I’ve still got a few days of Oceanside bliss to go, so for now, I will just have to add your link to my Must-Make-It page (http://wp.me/P1OnhQ-2h) Thanks for sharing!

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Christina September 28, 2011

Enjoying this delicious salad right now.

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France September 28, 2011

I love this salad. I recreated one that was made with peanuts currants and wheat berries in a thai vinaigrette, also from WF, it was delicious. I love the use of broccoli and cauliflower in this recipe. It’s definitely something I could eat more of.

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Sarah@inspirebeautiful.blogspot.com September 28, 2011

This is random, but a friend of yours also has a food blog that I loved and can’t remember the name now. I had it bookmarked on my computer but after taking it in to get fixed I came home and realized they erased everything!! I remember reading on her blog about a friend coming over, and having your cooking adventures and then I realized the friend was you! : )

I have half the ingredients for this salad on hand, so I am off the get the rest now! Yum!

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Ana September 28, 2011

Just made your salad- turned out great!! The syrup adds such a surprising finishing touch! Thanks for the recipe!

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Stephanie @SnackingonSunshine September 28, 2011

Hahaha, Angela, I have the exact same WF ingredient snapshot on my iphone. Once again you’ve read my mind and posted EXACTLY what I was looking for!! xo

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Alexis @ hummusapien September 28, 2011

the other day at WF I was staring at the garlicky kale salad ingredients (my FAVORITE thing ever) and thinking, heck yes, I could totally make this!! But hey, if you beat me too it, I wouldn’t mind at all :)

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michelle September 28, 2011

I’m so intrigued every time you post a salad recipe. Your combinations are always so amazing!

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Kathy September 28, 2011

that salad looks AMAZING!

http://milk-and-tea.blogspot.com

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Krista September 29, 2011

Do you think this would still be yummy if I put dried blueberries in it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

I think it would!

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Carrie September 29, 2011

I can’t wait to try this.. I’ve been looking for a detox salad that didn’t cost a fortune and could be altered at home to my tastes… I think I’ll leave the broccoli and cauliflower a little chunkier because i love those raw! Detox that tastes good and looks good too!

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JT September 29, 2011

This salad is great with a splash or two of apple cider vinegar, also :) Next time I make this I’m going to add some apples too!! Yum, thanks for the recipe Angela!

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Jodi September 30, 2011

I buy this salad all the time at WF’s. I LOVE it! I also have good intentions of going home and recreating it but have not yet. I think I will have to now. Thanks!

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Karine September 30, 2011

I made this salad yesterday and it was great! A few people at my school liked it as well! ;)

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Carly October 1, 2011

Thanks for another AMAZING salad! My husband I just ate it and are in heaven! You are seriously talented:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2011

So happy you enjoyed it! :) I’m even more happy your husband did too.

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Eva October 2, 2011

I’ve wanted to try this one out since you posted it, but never got round until just now. I halved the ingredients because I didn’t feel like eating the same salad three days in a row, and now I’ve already polished off half of it and have to force myself to not eat the other half which is supposed to be my work lunch tomorrow. Next time I’ll use the original measures for sure…it’s delicious! I’m not vegan (or vegetarian) but your blog gives me really creative ideas what to do with veg. Thanks!

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