Cauliflower Kale Detox Salad
I never understand people that don’t like salads. I mean maybe they are eating the boring iceberg lettuce, tomato, & cucumber combo which would probably make anyone cry and feel deprived. When I make salads I load them up with all the good stuff and use a variety of ingredients to keep things interesting. I hate eating meals only to be hungry an hour later, so I always try to add a lot of fiber, and a little bit of protein and healthy fats.
This salad is super crunchy and has a variety of flavors and textures. I love the combination of leafy greens with crunchy apple and golden + regular raisins. There really is only one down side to this salad- the cauliflower makes it a little stinky (unless you like the smell of raw cauliflower lol).
This dish makes about 6 really large servings and stays well in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Heres what you will need:
1 large head of broccoli
1 large head of cauliflower
10-12 large brussel sprouts (about 4 cups shredded)
1 bunch of curly kale (could also use flat leaf kale)
3 large carrots
1 pink lady apple
2/3 cup raisin blend (make sure there is no sugar added in the ingredients list!)
1/4 cup crushed almonds
Optional add ins: quinoa, green onion (would have added this if I had it!), parsley, pear, etc- whatever your heart desires!
Dressing: You can make your own or use store bought. I ended up using the Health Starts Here brand from Whole Foods which is oil free and only has natural ingredients. The dressing I chose for this salad was the Fig Balsamic dressing but all of the dressings in this line are delicious, oil free, and healthy!
This is what the dressing looks like if you are in Whole Foods & want to try it! The balsamic, fig balsamic, and pomegranate balsamic are my favorites 🙂
You can either chop up all of the veggies by hand or use a food processor to chop them more quickly. I used my food processor and just pulsed the veggies a couple times to get them into a finely chopped/ shredded consistency. It will probably take you a while if you chop everything by hand/ the texture will definitely be different, but I think it will still work!
All you need to do is chop/shred all of the veggies and add them to a bowl, chop the apple into bite sized pieces, and then add the raisins and almonds in and mix well. You could also just add the chopped almonds to the top of the salad without mixing them in or even use slivered almonds. I just like to use a little bit to give the salad some extra crunch while still keeping the fat content low.
This is literally a salad tower! This photo does not do it justice- it was piled high!
Add the dressing either to the whole salad or individually when you are serving. This is a VERY healthy tasting salad, but still delicious. I love salads that are veggie-heavy and leave me feeling energized and satisfied after eating.
Are you a salad lover? What is your favorite salad topping(s)?? Favorite healthy salad dressing brand? Let me know below (also lmk if you try this salad)!