When your body needs a boost, this detox salad with orange miso dressing is nutritious and loaded with digestive supporting ingredients. Best of all, it's delicious and so easy to pull together.
This recipe was originally post on September 2, 2018 and reposted with ingredient images and profiles, instructions and FAQ's on November 8, 2022.
Ever wondered what a human shag on a rock might look like? I'll send you a photo. Boy, have the last couple of weeks knocked me around. I have pretty good energy levels, I run most days and generally don't need too much sleep to refuel.
Recently though, I have felt less like Wonder Woman and more like the limp lasso hanging from her belt.
Feeling flat when you don't have time to be flat is a flat-out a pain in the arse.
Why You'll Love This Detox Salad
While this detox salad is perfect to clean the pipes, so to speak, the combination of crunchy cabbage, carrot, sprouts radish and almonds balanced by creamy avocado and sweet apple make it a kick-arse tasty salad . It's:
- Quick to make
- Naturally gluten-free
- Healthy and
- Light but packed with flavour
Add my slightly sweet, slightly salty orange and miso dressing and I think this bowl will be on our rotation for a good long while. If this is detoxing then maybe I should pick up the reigns.
Now to be honest, I don't generally detox. I am not one for cutting out foods - besides the obvious (hello! vegan food blog) - but I do think adding some cleansing foods to the weekly rotation is a good way for us less motivated types to jump on the detox wagon without picking up the reigns.
Like any room in the house, our bodies can always benefit from a spring clean.
This detox salad with orange miso dressing is full of wonderful raw ingredients known to support the digestive process and tasty enough to eat for days.
What is a Detox Salad?
A detox salad uses foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that also contain purifying qualities. In other words, foods that flush our bodies of harmful toxins and free radicals. We mix them all up in one delicious bowl.
Common detox foods include:
- Oranges and Lemons
Filling your salad with nutritious ingredients that support your body's natural detoxification process is the cornerstone of a detox salad.
What You'll Need for this Salad
While you can literally play with your food to create your own detox blend, the following ingredients from my salad are easily sourced and delicious.
Cabbage. Loaded with Vitamin C and sulphur, cabbage helps to remove free radicals and uric acid from the body. Cabbage is also high in fibre and antioxidants
Raw Carrot. Carrots contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and an army of nutrients including folate, niacin and pantothenic acid.
Important to the detoxification process, Vitamin A helps flush toxins from the body and reduces fat from the liver
Orange. With vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants, oranges are naturally good for you.
Apple. Dietary fibres found in apples help to flush the body while antioxidants protect cells from free radicals
Brussels Sprouts. A cruciferous vegetable, sprouts support both Phase 1 (the breaking down of toxins) and Phase 2 (the removal of toxins) within the body. They are also a good source of antioxidants
Avocado. Eating good fats like those within the avocado is essential to detoxing as they stimulate bile production in the gallbladder
Radish. Besides being a member of the cruciferous family, radishes contain a special compound that acts as an antioxidant during Phase 2 detoxification
Mint. Mint is thought to improve the flow of bile through the stomach speeding up the digestion process (if you love mint check out my roast chickpea bowl with preserved lemon and mint recipe. So good!)
Almonds. Almonds are a good source of protein plus they are rich in magnesium, a mineral that is needed for detoxing.
Miso paste. Miso pastes adds depth to this detox salad and being a fermented food is great for gut health.
Garlic. Besides being delicious, garlic is a detox superhero.
How to Make a Detox Salad
Step 1. Throw the red cabbage, Brussel sprouts, radish, carrot, apple and mint to a large mixing bowl.
Step 2. In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, miso and garlic before adding the sunflower oil in a steady stream, still whisking.
Step 3. Add a quarter or so of the dressing to the salad mixture and toss through.
Step 4. To serve, add the dressed mixture to a serving bowl and top with the chopped almonds and sliced avocado. Drizzle a little more dressing to salad - to taste - and season with sea salt.
While radishes are most nutritious raw, you can roast them to soften their heat like in my roasted radish mini bagel recipe.
You can swap out cabbage for kale, just make sure you massage it well to avoid chewiness.
Add cooked and cooled edamame beans for a protein boost.
You can, but I will say, detox salads are best and most effective freshly made.
Of course, it's your salad. There is a list of alternative detox ingredients in the post.
Want more salads in your life? Try these tasty numbers.
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Tasty Detox Salad with Orange Miso Dressing
- 3 cups red cabbage finely sliced
- 4 Brussel Sprouts finely sliced
- 3-4 radishes sliced julienne
- 1 carrot peeled and sliced julienne
- 1 fuji apple cored and sliced julienne
- ¼ fresh mint leaves finely sliced
- ½ avocado peeled, deseeded and thinly sliced
- ½ cup almonds roughly chopped
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Orange Miso Dressing
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice around 2 oranges
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste
- 1 garlic clove (small) minced
- 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
- Add the red cabbage, Brussel sprouts, radish, carrot, apple and mint to a large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, miso and garlic before adding the sunflower oil in a steady stream, still whisking.
- Add around a quarter of the dressing to the salad mixture and toss through.
- To serve, add the dressed mixture to a serving bowl and top with the chopped almonds and sliced avocado. Drizzle a little more dressing to salad - to taste - and season with sea salt.