Superfoods salads are one of my go-to healing foods meals. I adore creating endless combinations of mouth-watering salads that completely tantalize my taste buds and satisfy my palate. These wonderful salads fill my body with nutrient-dense foods that promote energy and healing.
If you’re someone who thinks that salads are too boring, are lacking in flavor or variety, I hope that trying my recipes will change your mind.
Recently I posted a free 5 day healing whole foods detox cleanse to help you get clean and radiant in 2013! With our detox cleanse you get to enjoy satisfying green smoothies, blended vegetable soups, herbal teas, fruit infused waters, chia pudding, and fermented vegetables that I specifically put together to enhance detoxification and help you rejuvenate and heal. If you haven’t checked out the detox click on the link and learn more about it.
Adding daily salads into your diet after the five days of doing the detox cleanse helps you to continue to gently clean and alkalinize your body along with providing lots of key nutrients for fighting toxins, healing, and strengthening your immune system.
I don’t know about you but I love eating delicious whole foods that provide major health benefits in an effortless way. My detox salad fits the bill perfectly and will keep you satisfied for hours.
Tender chlorophyll-rich leafy greens are paired with earthy beets, sweet citrus fruits, peppery radishes, and crunchy fennel. This fabulous combination is taken to the next level by drizzling on a luscious orange avocado dressing that provides nourishing fats and a refreshing creamy burst of flavor that will have you wanting more!
Beets are a powerful liver detoxifier, inflammation fighter, and blood builder. Beets deep red color signals the presence of betacyanin a phytochemical which provides excellent support to our body’s detoxification process. Beets also contain betaine which is fantastic for reducing inflammation. Beets are a nutrient-rich source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, folate, and fiber which makes them a potent superfood.
Radishes are one of my favorite beauty foods. Radishes are a crunchy spicy root vegetable that is a member of the cruciferous family that includes nutritional heavy weights like kale, broccoli, cabbage, and collard greens. Radishes contain vitamin C, sulfur, and fiber. Sulfur is a top beauty mineral that is essential for collagen formation and making our hair, skin, and nails radiant. Sulfur also increases bile flow which aids digestion.
Orange & Grapefruit
Orange and grapefruit provide that perfect blend of sweet and tangy goodness that is fabulous when paired with leafy greens! Both citrus fruits are wonderful sources of vitamin C, antioxidants, phytochemicals, potassium, folate, and fiber that boost immunity and protect the body from toxins and free radical damage. If you are on any prescription medication please check with your doctor and or pharmacist to make sure it doesn’t interact with grapefruit. If your medication does interact with grapefruit, leave it out of the salad and just use more orange segments.
Fennel has a fantastic flavor similar to licorice or anise that enhances the other vegetables and fruits used in this detox salad. Fennel’s crunchy texture and flavor is great when served raw in salads. Fennel is another nutrient-dense vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, folate, and fiber. Fennel also contains anethole a phytochemical that reduces inflammation and helps prevent cancer.
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Detox Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing
Raw Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free
Makes 2 entrée salads or 4 side salads
1 large beet
6 cups organic mixed baby greens
1 large orange-peeled and cut into segments
1 small grapefruit-peeled and cut into segments
½ fennel bulb-thinly sliced
5 red radishes-thinly sliced
1. Make orange avocado dressing, cover, and refrigerate while you make the salad.
2. Place unpeeled rinsed beet into the top of a steamer basket and place over a pot filled with 2 inches of boiling water. Cover and steam for 15-20 minutes until tender when pricked with a fork.
3. Remove beet from pot, cool slightly, and gently peel off outer skin. Thinly slice beets into ¼-inch rounds and set aside. Beets can stain you fingers but lemon juice and an eco-friendly soap will remove the red pigment from your hands.
4. Clean baby greens with water and spin dry with salad spinner or gently pat dry with paper towels.
5. Place baby greens on serving plates and top with sliced beets, orange segments, grapefruit segments, fennel slices, and radish slices. Drizzle with orange avocado dressing and enjoy immediately.
Orange Avocado Dressing
Raw Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes around 1½ cups
1 large avocado-peeled and pitted
1 small orange-peeled and white pith removed
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
¼ teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Small pinch stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey-optional use if you like a sweeter dressing
1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more sea salt to taste if needed.
2. Pour dressing into a glass jar with a lid and place in the refrigerator while you make the salad. Dressing lasts covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Here’s two other salads on my site for you to try: