The Everyday Detox Salad
This week on the Blank Slate Blog, we’re bringing you our current favorite salad. Inspired by our Move 01 juice, this salad will leave you feeling powered up on even your slowest days. Although these might be everyday ingredients, they all have unique qualities that make them perfect for beating the heat and staying energized. Packed with nourishing greens, alkalizing veggies and tones of flavour, this salad is a tummy-pleaser as much as it is a crowd-pleaser. Read on to learn about how these veggies can add a boost to your day.
Essential oils found in basil, such as eugenol and citronellol, are excellent at fighting inflammation. Inflammation is a normal healing process of the body; however, chronic inflammation can be a precursor to illness and disease. Anti-inflammatory compounds, such as those found in basil, help to lower the risk of inflammation.
Parsley is a herb rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to combat free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause damage to the body. Free radicals are produced when we exercise, as well as when we are exposed to the sun. To combat the potentially harmful effects, make sure you’re consuming lots of antioxidants in your diet.
Avocados are a rich source of healthy fats, mainly monounsaturated fats. Oleic acid, the primary type of monounsaturated fat found in avocados and olive oil, has been studied for its variety of health benefits. This fat has something for everyone from cellular health to enhanced brain function and even blood sugar management.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, a crucial nutrient when it comes to combating the effects of exercise and exposure to the sun. Although vitamin C is an antioxidant, it also has many other functions. It supports the immune system, increases iron absorption, and helps manage high blood pressure levels.
With superfoods like kale taking over the market, romaine is quickly becoming a forgotten green, but it shouldn’t be. Due to its extremely high water content, romaine doesn’t appear to be that nutrient-dense. It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of potassium, essential for maintaining fluid balance, and vitamin K, a nutrient essential to the blood.
Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense there is. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, spinach has as many benefits as it does nutrients. Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, eye health, supporting inflammation levels, reducing blood pressure, and it even can help support wound healing.
It’s important to consume most of your fluids through drinking water, but the addition of fruits and veggies can help boost overall hydration levels. Cucumbers are about 96% water, making them the perfect addition to your diet to help you meet your daily water needs.
Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the antioxidant lycopene. One of the most researched benefits of lycopene is it’s ability to protect against sun damage. Lycopene has also been studied for its ability to support eye health, reduce pain, protect your brain, and even is protective against certain cancers.
Celery juice jumped into popularity in the last few years for it’s high mineral content, but when consumed whole it’s the fiber content that makes this plant stand out. Fiber is essential to removing waste from the digestive tract. When consumed in combination with water, you can think of fiber as a detoxification aid.
Onions are rich in sulphur, the third most abundant mineral in the body. Sulphur helps to support detox channels of the liver, and has been shown to improve skin health. In some cases sulphur can even be applied to the skin topically.
The Everday Detox Salad
Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 2-3 people
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
⅓ cup olive oil
⅓ cup water
½ lemon, juiced
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp pink salt
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup loosely packed spinach
2 mini cucumbers, sliced
⅔ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
⅓ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup chopped celery
2 tbsp finely diced red onion
Salt to taste
Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
Toss lettuce, spinach, and cucumbers together. Plate in a bowl.
Top the mix with tomatoes, feta, celery and red onion.
Add half the dressing to the mix. Save the other half of the dressing for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Toss together thoroughly before serving. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
Providing your body with some extra support in the hot summer heat is crucial. Look for antioxidant-rich plants like parsley, lemon and tomato; anti-inflammatory veggies like basil, avocado, and red onion; and hydrating veggies like cucumber and romaine. If you end up making this dish, please tag us and let us know what you think. If you need these nutrients without the effort, check out our Move 01 juice. For more tips and tricks on how to beat the summer heat, stay tuned to next month's blog posts.