Hello beautiful people! Since we’re amidst a season change, I thought what better way to celebrate than with a crisp and tangy green salad. I really know how to party, don’t I?
But, seriously. In Ayurveda (the ancient sister science to yoga), it’s recommended to detox with the change of the seasons to eliminate whatever physical and emotional toxicities we may have built up, allowing our mind and body to return to balance. It’s kind of a beautiful thing, isn’t it? A sort of renewal, a new start. In Ayurveda though, one would cleanse with a nourishing Kitchari (a beautiful mix of sprouted mung bean, basmati rice, ghee and Indian spices) morning, noon and night while eliminating snacking. At the same time, it’s recommended to stay hydrated, meditate, practice yoga, connect to nature and get plenty of rest.
While this salad isn’t that detox, it does provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and fiber that naturally help our bodies’ detoxification processes. And, since it’s still so summer hot here in Sydney, eating a raw, crunchy salad like this one keeps it on par with Ayurveda guidelines. It’s also great for shedding all the excess accumulated in winter as you move into Spring. So, win win loves.
A few things to know about this humble and affordable superfood salad:
Brussels sprouts // They look like tiny cabbages because they basically are! They’re the little sisters of the brassica family — loved for their cancer-fighting properties! They also harness compounds made from glucosinolates, which can activate the enzyme systems in our cells that are required for detoxification of cancer-causing substances. They’re also a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, plant protein, and I bet you didn’t know it, but these humble veggies are also one of the best plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids — Hello, beautiful skin! (and lower triglycerides, better cognitive function, lower inflammation and reduced insulin resistance!)
Fennel // If brassica veggies make you gassy, fennel can help. This aromatic white herb has been shown to provide relief from flatulence, constipation, indigestion and other digestive ailments. It contains an abundance of vitamin C, the mineral manganese and potent antioxidants known as polyphenols. Holla!
Green Apple // This everyday beauty is lower in sugar than its red friends and is chock full of pectin (a special type of soluble fiber) that helps feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, creating short-chain fatty acids such as butyric acid that foster better gut (and overall) health.
Coconut Vinegar // This gut-loving vinegar is made from coconut blossom nectar that has been naturally fermented to create a delicate, yet tangy, sugar-free vinegar. It’s no GI and a rich source of probiotics, making it a tasty addition to any salad — but especially this one! If you can’t find this vinegar, no worries — raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother” will be just as good!
While our bodies are super great and efficient detoxifiers on their own, it’s always nice to help the process run more smoothly. It’s especially nice when it tastes as good as this crunchy, tangy salad does. So, go ahead, what do you have to lose? Besides maybe some accumulated waste and extra lb’s — kilos?
EAT SEASONAL Detox Salad
serves 2 big salads or 4 side salads
1 pack of brussels sprouts, 400 g, shredded thinly with sharp knife
1 large green apple, sliced into thin matchsticks
1 medium bulb of fennel, stalks and fronds removed, sliced thinly
1 bunch parsley, fresh
1/3 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons coconut vinegar (can sub apple cider vinegar)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon coconut nectar (can sub maple syrup)
Sea salt & pepper, to taste
Add all of the salad ingredients, except the almonds, into a medium-sized mixing bowl
Add dressing ingredients into a mason jar with a lid and shake shake shake!
Pour desired salad dressing on brussels sprouts mixture
Top with chopped almonds and more parsley, as desired
How have you been preparing for the shift in the season? Do you suddenly start craving more raw, crunchy, juicy produce in the warmer weather? Comfort foods like stews, soups and root veggies in the cooler months? Let me know in the comments below! xx, Julie