Detox Salad

Detox Salad


Detox Salad

I feel the need to detox.  I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays, winter birthdays and the marathon training “eat whatever, whenever” plan, but now the holidays and birthdays have passed, and I am no longer able to run the marathon.  It took me over three weeks to finally say it, but it’s official…I’m not running the marathon.  I’m still recovering after twisting my ankle while taking our new puppy out for  a walk.  I wish I had a really dramatic story to tell about how I did it, but I just slid on my shoes to take Ember out and one wrong step has me sidelined.  It might be a blessing though — a new puppy, plus two sick kids, then I got sick made for a really long month.  I’m not sure I could keep up with the training and everything else I was juggling!

So, I’m not training for the marathon anymore, and the holidays are over….it’s time to detox!  I usually reach for my juicer when I decide to detox, but this time I’m reaching for raw foods.  I love juicing, but eliminating everything except juice is hard work, especially when there’s a 3 and 5 year old asking for pasta or pizza for dinner.  And even though I’m not training for the marathon, I’m still going through an intense eight month yoga teacher training program, so I still need plenty of fuel!  I’ve decided my detox will focus on raw foods, lots of water with lemon and green tea in place of my coffee.  Giving up my morning coffee is going to be the real challenge here!  Here’s hoping five days goes quickly, and without me being too cranky.  ;)

First thing I made myself was a giant detox salad.  Don’t let the name scare you — nothing too crazy here (and it taste really good!!).  Just a bunch of raw, nutrient dense, alkaline foods thrown together for my lunch and dinner.  Easy to put together, colorful, and healthy!!

Detox Salad

The salad dressing to go on top is oil-free, and just like the salad it is full of nutrient dense foods.

The dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (I used oregano since that’s what I had on hand, but green onions, basil or cilantro would work great, too!)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup liquid (I used half water, half red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend all the ingredients together using a blender or food processor.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

My week looks like overnight oats or a green smoothie for breakfast, detox salad (or some variation) for lunch and dinner, a green smoothie or juice for afternoon snack, and lots of lemon water and green tea between meals.  Now, that’s a plan I can stick to!

*I’m not a doctor or registered dietitian.  This is a plan that works for me.  You should consult a doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Detox Salad
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Recipe: Salad
Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups of salad greens
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green apple, diced and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  1. Divide evenly between 4 salads
  2. You could make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to three days
  3. Add dressing before serving (recipe above)


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11 comments… read them below or add one

Margaret February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm


I have a question regarding your greens. Do you purchase the prepackaged or fresh? Do you also dip the greens in the vinegar water to clean or do you have a different method? Thank you for “Green Plate Rule” you have played a major role in changing my families eating habits -and I feel so much more alive!



greenplaterule February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi Margaret! It all depends on the day — some days I buy heads or bunches of greens and other days I buy prepackaged. It’s just whatever looks best and what they have organic. To wash the loose lettuce, I fill a large mixing bowl with water and swirl it around. Make sure you dry it completely before storing.
Thanks for your message! Happy to be a part of the improvements!! :)
Have a great day!


Emily C February 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

I totally sympathize with you when it comes to having to admit defeat when it comes to training! A similar thing happened to me, I was training for a half marathon and my dog pulled me down on ice in the middle of a 10.5 mile run. It took me an entire month of knee pain before I had to give up my commitment and go to the doc. Luckily it wasn’t a terrible injury, I hope yours isn’t either! Thanks for the detox recipe, not going for 25+ miles a week to nothing has left me feeling groggy and cranky!


Donna February 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Made it today and it’s great! I used green onion and cilantro in the dressing, loved it. Thanks!


caroline ward February 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I love this salad! can’t wait to give it a try!
thank you!


Jamy March 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

WOW! I have been HATING consuming gross tasting unhealthy store bought salad dressings. This sounds AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow!


Dawn April 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

This salad looks great! I just read the books Beauty Detox Solution and Beauty Detox Foods so now I’ve been scouring the internet looking for more clean eating recipes. I really like your site and will be eating this salad this week! I heard not long ago that our children’s generation will be the first with a shorter life expectancy than their parents’ generation as a result of obesity and eating habits. That terrified me! My children don’t have a weight issue whatsoever, but as a mother it still hit home, so thank you for promoting the fight against childhood obesity!!


Kim Douglas May 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I tried the salad dressing tonight on a raw salad with some quinoa and chickpeas. It was fantastic.
I love your website. What inspired you to create it? Do you have a blog? I teach at Hope College. I would love to share your site with my students next Fall. One of the classes that I teach is “Rethinking Health”–a research writing class–and I know they will love this. I also have my own wellness franchise and help people get more fruits and vegetables into their diets, so again, I’d loe to share your website with my clients and customers. We offer health education events and host numerous speakers. I’d love to have you but where do you live? I live in Michigan, have 3 daughters who are now married, in college and one has one more year in high school. Thanks for your contributions to wellness.


Christine January 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

BEST.SALAD.EVER. omg I love love love this!!! I am just starting to “eat clean” and this is my new staple salad. Even my husband loves it, which is a shock! I’ve been eating this for a week, its so filling. I hope I never get tired of it!!


greenplaterule January 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hi Christine,
I’m so glad you and your husband are eating clean now, and happy to hear you liked the salad!
Have a great day!


stefanie April 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

I was looking for a great salad to start my clean eating and toning my winter body. This salad and the dressing look great, so excited to try it and get back to being happy and healthy. Thanks for sharing :)


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