Detox Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

Detox Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

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 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.


What’s your favorite salad blend? Are you going to try our detox cleanse? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.


Share this recipe and our detox cleanse with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!


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Detox Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing

Paleo, 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

Paleo, 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:


Baby Kale Raspberry Salad with Nectarine Balsamic Dressing




Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing




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  1. Not only is this blog beautifully-presented, but it also has just about everything I should have read last week while going through a cleanse! Thank you for this. I am going to incorporate this into this week’s meals. Superfoods are a major part of everything I eat right now. I’m so glad I came across your blog!!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Christi, and welcome to my blog! I’m so happy to hear that your going through a cleanse and will add my recipes into your cleanse meals. Please pop back and let me know how you’re doing.

  2. OMG! I’m in love. All my favorite salad veggies all in one place and the dressings sounds like the perfect compliment. Bookmarked to try this next week!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      You sound like me France! I love salads and this one is so good with the orange avocado dressing. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Hi Shelley. You have got to have one of the most beautiful blogs out there. I’m going to have to dig deeper. I have decided to shed pounds and try to heal my body as much as I can from fibromyalgia. But I don’t like radishes (LOL). I’m going to make fresh juice, as well. Thanks for creating such a gorgeous and helpful site.

    All the best,
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Leslie, Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog, they really warm my heart! I’m so happy to find out that you are going to use foods to heal your body from fibromyalgia. Food as medicine is a powerful tool to help you with this goal. Hopefully some of my recipes can be an aid in your path to wellness. Please keep me posted with your progress and let me know if I can be of any assistance.

  4. It’s important to take care of our body and detoxifying is one way to do it. If we keep our body healthy and strong, we don’t have to worry about possible medical expenses which would definitely cause an arm and leg.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Angela, You are so right about that! Prevention is the key to avoiding expensive medical treatments and eating healing foods daily along with regular detoxes, exercise, stress reduction, and sleep are all ways to keep your body healthy, strong, and vibrant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. Hi Shelley, this sounds very yummy! I’m on day 2 right now after completing a week of detox, and I can’t wait to have my next nutritious meal. Love the sound of that avocado dressing, they are one of my favorites.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Julieanne and congrats on completing the detox! I hope you enjoy the salad and the dressing is so yummy!

  6. These sound awesome Shelley! Amazingly enough, avocados are actually really cheap here (Hawaii) right now so I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. I must remember to never visit your site on an empty stomach 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Marty! While the avocados are cheap in Hawaii now is the perfect time to enjoy them in all kinds of recipes. I have quite a few tasty recipes featuring avocado on the site so check it out!I’m glad you come to my site with a empty stomach so you can be inspired to make the recipes. LOL…

  7. Michael Shook

    I absolutely agree with Christie, this is a beautiful blog and the recipes are always elegantly prepared and photographed. And this salad sounds delicious, I love beets and have enjoyed many of them (bushels of them actually) but I never appreciated how good they were for detoxing. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Shelley. 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Michael! You and I share a love for beets and I eat them raw and cooked all the time. I hope you try the recipe soon. 🙂

  8. Thanks for this detox recipe. This is something that diabetic people can also use.
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  9. What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this site daily, this website is really
    nice and the users are genuinely sharing good thoughts.
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  10. Raymond Mattson says:

    I am diabetic so I really find this recipe very helpful. I’m been struggling with my medical condition but thankfully, I have something that will keep my health up and the best thing about it is it’s all natural.
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