Detox salad with massaged kale and arugula, topped with rainbow vegetables and a cilantro tahini dressing.
This is really just a simple kale salad recipe, but it’s packed full of powerhouse vegetables and herbs, so I’ve coined it as a detox salad. If you follow me on instagram, then you know that I recently posted about trying to cut out sugar from my diet and eat more “detoxifying” foods. When I say sugar, I mean cane sugar and any other added, refined or processed sugars. Sugar is hiding in EVERYTHING. I just noticed that there is dried cane syrup added to our bread… I don’t get it.
The bottom line is that I’m in my late twenties now, have had two children, and I can tell that my former “I can eat whatever I want” no longer applies. I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for over 10 years, some of it a strict vegan, other times a raw vegan, but always vegetarian and the recipes and pictures on instagram are real meals that I eat on a regular basis. My body just does not perform as well if I don’t eat really balanced, which for the most part I do, but I also have a love affair with chocolate. About a month-ish ago, I started to be hyper aware and mindful of what I eat and try to bring more variety to my diet to see if my cravings for sweets lessens. I think that if I’m getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, then the cravings should disappear and I’m hoping that I won’t need to drink as much coffee either. I woke up the other morning feeling great and energized, and around noon realized that drinking coffee hadn’t even crossed my mind. It was a win for me and something that I haven’t felt in a long time.
Some other things that I’ve started to incorporate even more in my life are:
- fermented vegetables – sauerkraut of all kinds and kimchi
- cilantro and parsley – cilantro can help control blood sugar and the volatile oils in parsley help inhibit tumor formation
- mushrooms ALL THE TIME – we eat them almost daily and I’ve started to take a supplement of a cordyceps and reishi blend from host defense
- drink more water, try to sleep more and get in more exercise
I will keep everyone updated in a month or two and let you know how the sugar detox is going! Are you currently incorporating anything new to your routine?
Now let’s get into this simple detox salad – starting with massaging the kale. I used a combination of lacinato (or dinosaur) kale and red kale, and massaged them with a tiny bit of olive oil for 2 minutes. Kale is naturally a bit bitter and rather tough, but massaging it helps soften the leaves and makes them almost silky, it’s magical! Once you notice that the kale has started to darken and almost shrink in size, take a bite to see if the taste is less bitter, and then you know you’re ready to make your salad. I added in a simple mix of rainbow vegetables; shredded carrots, colorful radishes, some arugula, and parsley, plus a mix of healthy fats from avocado, pistachios, and sunflower seeds. I whipped up a super easy cilantro tahini dressing and also squeezed a bit of juice from a small meyer lemon (they’re my favorite) and went to heaven.