Want to know how to make a kick butt Liver Detox Salad with raw greens that are tender and taste delicious?
Eat your greens! I know you’ve heard it a million times.
You know that dark leafy greens are good for you but if you’re like most Americans, greens have not been a big source of nutrition in your regular diet. Me included … until recent years.
Growing up I didn’t eat a single vegetable. Not a one! A vegetable to me was a french fry or a loaded baked potato. Forget about broccoli or brussel sprouts or even corn. I had never even heard of kale. And salad? No way Jose! Not even covered with ranch dressing. I ate what I wanted when I wanted and never gained an ounce. That meant chocolate, ice cream, burgers, fries, pizza … ANYTHING!
Yeah … not so much anymore.
Fast forward about 10 years and when I got into my twenties I started experimenting with veggies. Broccoli smothered in melted cheese became one of my very favorite servings of vegetables. It’ laughable now but it took me some time to really enjoy eating nutritious food. It probably didn’t help that I had a killer metabolism either.
Once I passed the big 4-0 it seemed like everything on my body changed. Gravity started showing it’s power just like all of my friends said it would. (BTW … I was one of those silly fools that thought it would never happen to me) Let’s just say that I’m starting to really get the importance of good nutrition and how what I eat affects my body and my mood. This is one of the reasons that I wanted to share this liver detox salad with you.
So why do I call this a Liver Detox Salad”?
liver detox salad
Well … mainly because of the raw, organic cruciferous vegetables that it contains. These types of vegetables such as kale, brussel sprouts and cabbage are well known for their ability to help detoxify and enhance the liver. Cruciferous vegetables are also considered anti-estrogenic so, if you have “female” hormonal issues, dark leafy greens are great for keeping your estrogen levels in check.
This salad also contains raw beets which are great for detoxifying the blood and the liver. The addition of sliced almonds, red onions, a little olive oil and vinegar helps to give this salad a very pleasant flavor that becomes rather addicting once you’ve had it a couple of times.
So what’s the big secret to making the greens nice and tender, without that bitter taste to them?
After you’ve chopped them up, use your hands and massage them with the olive oil. It only takes a few seconds. When I first heard this I thought it couldn’t possibly make that big of a difference but I was completely wrong. It makes a HUGE difference. One of the reasons I’ve avoided greens in the past is because they are so tough and bitter. Trust me … You’ve got to try this!
I’ve been eating this salad a couple of times a day because I am completely addicted to it! Sometimes I’ll add some avocado and a couple of hard boiled eggs or even a few ounces of grilled chicken to change it up but it’s still really tasty without it.
Give this salad a try because it’s really good for you and I know you’ll love it. It’s so simple and it’s great to make ahead of time to take to work for lunch.Print
This is a one serving salad recipe.
- 4 cups organic kale (about 4 large stalks with the stems removed)
- 4 organic brussel sprouts
- 1/2 inch slice organic cabbage
- 1/2 inch slice organic beet
- 2 thin slices of organic red onion
- 1/4 cup raw organic sliced almonds
- 1-2 T olive oil or coconut oil
- 1-2 T raw apple cider vinegar
- juice of half a lemon
- Wash and chop vegetables. I like to chop them into really small pieces.
- Place chopped veggies and sliced almonds into a medium size bowl and pour the oil over the salad.
- Using your hands, massage the oil into the leaves and veggies. This will help to tenderize the cruciferous vegetables and make them easier to digest. Your hands will get a little messy so wait to add the beets afterwards if you are concerned with staining your hands.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice and give it a good toss.
Looking for more ways to help detox your body? Try this Beet Detox Smoothie!