When people hear the word “detox” they might just think “depravation.” But this pink and purple detox salad won’t deprive you of delicious food.
It’s said that we eat with our eyes, and this colorful detox salad is no exception. It’s made with pomegranate seeds and pink and purple radishes. And it tastes just as good as it looks.
Here are some of the health benefits of a detox salad:
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense and anti-oxidant rich foods available, and is a cruciferous vegetable that supports our body’s naturally detox processes.
Pomegranates are best known for their connection to heart health, as they reduce inflammation and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Radishes are high in water content, making them very filling for about 1 calorie each. They contain flavonoids, plant chemicals believed to play a role in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, according to a Harvard study published in BMJ.
So here’s the recipe:
Pink & Purple Detox Salad
- 1 head organic curly kale, stems removed, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 avocado
- 2 small watermelon radishes, sliced thin or into sticks*
- 2 small purple radishes, sliced thin or into sticks
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley or cilantro
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
- 3 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- Juice of half a lime
- Pink salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the radish slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, just until soft.**
- Meanwhile, put kale and chopped avocado in a large bowl. Wash your hands. Use your hands to massage and squeeze the avocado into the kale for 2-3 minutes, until kale is dark green and wilted a little.
- Add the remaining ingredients and the cooked radishes to the bowl. Mix well. Season with salt and lime juice to taste.
*You can use regular radishes if you can't find watermelon and purple.
**You can eat the radishes raw but I prefer to bake them in the winter to warm it up, plus mellows their bite.
About the Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.
She has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, NBC, Well + Good, and more. Her first book, The Real Food Grocery Guide, will teach you how to eat healthy without going broke.