Detox Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

detox kale salad

This detox kale salad is all sorts of crunchy & tangy… and it is suitable for Whole30, vegan, Paleo, gluten-free & grain-free diets!

After having amazing success with the Zesty Ginger Spring Love Your Liver 18-day detox program, I decided to join the summer session too! I’m taking what I learned about myself during the first program and applying it to this one.

You can read all about the health benefits I received from the program HERE

That means I’ve allowed myself some very dark chocolate during the detox because it makes an elimination diet a lot easier for me. I’ve been keeping up with all the dry brushing, oil pulling, rebounding & teas and tonics the program suggests. I’ve even been able to reintroduce foods that I hadn’t eaten in years like ghee and legumes!

 

I’ve also continued to include foods I otherwise didn’t eat frequently but add to my happiness & health! Like the pepitas and hemp seeds in this salad. Crunchy, nutritious & adds texture to even the blandest of side salads.

This salad is far from bland though! The Creamy Lemon Dressing adds some tang and sweetness (from the coconut butter) without being super oily like a traditional dressing. Crunch from the broccoli and seeds makes for a big, satisfying mouthful of liver detoxifying greens!

Add some protein! Grilled chicken would be delicious here…. as would some broiled salmon!

detox kale salad


I get this question all the time when I post raw kale salads on Instagram: Can you eat that with Hashimoto’s?

There’s a long-standing belief that if you have Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism it’s best to avoid cruiciferous vegetables until cooked. Cooking cruciferous veggies decreases the goitrogenic effect. Goitrogens in food can block iodine absorption, which is a cause of hypothyroidism is non-Westernized parts of the world.

The thing is… my case of Hashimoto’s is not caused by iodine deficiency. I have autoimmune thyroiditis and you can learn more about the case from my podcast episode on The Unbound Healing Podcast!  In fact, I just had my blood markers done and my iodine level was excellent. And that’s eating raw kale salads weekly as well as adding greens like spinach, arugula and kale to my morning smoothies.

Okay, now go get your crunch on!

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Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Preparation 00:15 2017-12-13T00:15:00+00:00 Serves 2 to 4     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup roasted & salted pepitas
  • 3 tablespoons raw hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter or manna
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry kale. Remove ribs and thinly slice kale leaves. Place in a large salad bowl. 
  2. Massage kale with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil until softened. 
  3. Make the Creamy Lemon Dressing: Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. 
  4. Add broccoli florets to the dressing in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combining the broccoli with the dressing coats the salad nicely and evenly distributes the crunchy goodness. 
  5. Toss the pepitas, hemp seeds and cilantro with the kale and broccoli/dressing until combined. Serve room temp or cold.


Recipe Notes


 

Creamy Kale Salad with Mango & Figs

creamy kale salad

 

 

 

Whoo! It’s been a little bit since I posted a new veggie-heavy recipe! I love inspiration for new salads and side dishes, but it seems like most of my readers prefer main dishes and treats, so I tend to post those more often. But we cannot underestimate the value of a tasty kale salad that you actually look forward to eating!

 

I eat salad every single day but not because I am in love with the taste – I just know how much better I feel when I get a large amount of greens in my day.

 

This kale salad couldn’t be easier to whip up and is really delightful. The tangy avocado creamy dressing softens the kale while the mango and figs add sweetness and texture & the shallots add a little pop of flavor! Trust me – shallots and mango below together. You’ll see.

 

Yesterday we got home from a mini trip to my parents who live 3 hours away. It was just me, Grace & Rafael and our first time on the road together! On the way there, Grace screamed her head off for a solid hour until I finally was able to pull over and check on her. She had thrown her pacifier overboard and her face was bright red. I could see the blood vessels bursting out of her forehead & then I started to cry.

 

I felt so bad for not pulling over sooner, but I thought she would tucker herself out and take a nap (she despises the car seat even for short trips to the store so this is her normal). Once I soothed her and gave her Lamby back – she slept for a good portion of the remaining drive.

 

But then I realized I forgot her Pack n’ Play at home (where she was going to sleep at my parents) and her pajamas! So I had to stop at Target and buy another dang Pack n’ Play for the child. Traveling with a child ain’t easy…. I don’t know how people go to Europe & Asia with their kids. I envy their patience.

 

We also made a pit stop at an outdoor shopping mall so that I could do some retail therapy after the stressful drive. I find the best clothes when I’m stressed (I also ate a bar of Alter Eco Salted Dark Chocolate on the drive that was supposed to be part of my mom’s Mother’s Day gift…. well guess what, THIS mom needed it more. Gramma understood.) The chocolate and a new romper, dress and clutch did the trick!

 

I’m starting to overhaul my wardrobe. I used to dress really well and then when I went through a Hashimoto’s flare and gained a shit ton of weight, I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes anymore so I just bought a bunch of stretchy loose things that aren’t that flattering.

 

Then I went straight into pregnancy and post-partum from that flare, so it’s time to get back to enjoying clothing. I’m a pretty low key dresser – a combination of moderate boho with a lot of athleisure thrown in but I like a good, figure-flattering dress more than anything.

 

It feels confidence-boosting to start focusing on that little piece of me once again. I’m sure every new mom understands!

 

Looking for some other KALE RECIPES?

 

Golden Chicken & Kale

golden chicken and kale

Kale Pesto Chicken Soup

kale pesto chicken soup

 

 

 

 

This easy creamy kale salad will get your whole family to eat their greens thanks to the sweet additions of mango and dried Turkish figs!

 

 

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Creamy Kale Salad with Mango & Figs

Preparation 00:10 2017-12-13T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:00 2017-12-13T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 2     adjust servings
creamy kale salad

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 6 cups chopped kale (stems removed)
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 6 dried Turkish figs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine avocado, oil, lemon, vinegar and sea salt until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a large bowl, toss chopped kale with avocado dressing until well-coated and slightly wilted. Toss in remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately or let flavors marry for 30 minutes prior to serving (my preference!) either room temperature or cold.