This broccoli salad recipe makes the best detox salad for an easy summer meal! It’s delicious, full of nourishing veggies and fruit. NO MAYO – we use an olive oil yogurt sauce instead. Gluten free, grain free, vegetarian salad with a vegan salad option, too.
What’s a detox salad?
Detox? Why in the world are we talking about a detox salad in the middle of a holiday weekend. I know, I know it’s like sacrilegious to talk like that. But at the same time, don’t you want to have at this broccoli salad? It’s totally acceptable as a potluck side, but also makes for a tasty leftover “detox” salad. Just don’t tell your friends it’s a detox salad as you place it next to the hot dogs, pies, and mom’s macaroni salad. Mmmmm k?
Yeah I know I cringe at the word detox, but in this case we’re talking detox as in detoxing from the oxidative stress. Like say…. an overload of sun, extra cookies (oops), maybe a little too much wine, and do you know anything that might overload the body. Think of this broccoli salad and the perfect RESET SUPERFOOD salad that boosts your digestion, nutrition, etc.
Let’s talk about this whole “detoxify and replenish” thing. You see, this salad is a magical combo that can do just that. Magical superfoods that actually do wonders for your health and taste GOOD! Ahhh BLISS!
And I’m not gonna lie, the past few weeks (on top of holiday weekend) we’ve felt a certain mental and emotional stress. Combine that with Low energy, lack of sleep, weird cravings, anxious, etc. Yes, that happens. Life throws us curves balls I’m very much guilty of trying to fix everything at once, but skipping out on my health. Says the nutritionist… eeek!
But …. WE ARE HUMAN! And thank goodness for the ability to recognize those things, accept them, and then refocus on what matter most. Friends, family, community, and HEALTH!
Health as in immunity boosting probiotics and veggies galore!
Probiotics are microorganisms that can help produce GOOD (beneficial) bacteria and support healthy gut flora! This is what keeps our immune systems and digestive systems going strong. There are several good supplements out there, but most people often forget that REAL food has prebiotics and probiotics too. Cultured food such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and kefir yogurt, grass fed cultured yogurt, and kombucha tea are great examples!
So you see, detoxifying doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? Haha!
So, what’s in this broccoli salad recipe?
Well, beside broccoli…
- Probiotic rich kefir yogurt or cultured yogurt – To replace regular commerical mayo.
- Sunflower seeds – healthy fats to increase vitamin absorption.
- Blueberries – Rich in Antioxidants
- Spinach – Rich in Iron and Vitamin K
- And both raw and roasted broccoli floret – I did a combo of roasted and raw broccoli for flavor and so that the healthy oils in the roasted broccoli would increase nutrient absorption. Raw broccoli also helps the liver to naturally “detoxify.”
- Fresh herbs
- Shallot or Red onion
- Lemon and Red Wine Vinegar for a punch of acidity and Vitamin C!
Okay and I threw some edible flowers into my detox salad because they are just so pretty. Right?Print
Vegans, don’t you worry, You can always replace that yogurt with creamy coconut milk yogurt or even hummus! Plant power broccoli salad YO!
So there you have it! A creamy broccoli salad recipe that makes for a “detoxifying” light lunch, side dish, or snack. This detox salad is even great to make for a potluck dinner. It’s a “clean eating” twist on the classic heavy broccoli salad. This is one that keeps everyone nourished and satisfied! Capeesh?
Alright, spill it! What’s one crave worthy food you plan on enjoying this Memorial day? And then what’s one “detox” filled dish you plan on making come Tuesday? Balance, right?
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