Beautiful Raw Detox Salad

posted on: April 9, 2013

I am not a vegan or a raw food eater, I enjoy weekend meals with meat and bread much but I love sometimes to stick to their principles for just a meal or for a couple of days. To start a morning with a beautiful green smoothie for a full of energy day or to have a plate of raw greens and sprouts for dinner after a hard day - it's always so good for your body!

Yesterday I cooked a lovely light detox salad for dinner - greens, veggies and a light dressing are a perfect meal for a detox menu. If you deside to go detox - bookmark this recipe, it's absolutely beautiful!

Raw Detox Salad

Ingredients (serves 2):

2 handfuls baby spinach
1 raw beet
1 carrot
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 grapefruit
1/2 cm thick ginger root
1 teaspoon za'atar
a pinch of curcuma
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Squeeze the juice out of your grapefruit into a bowl. Finely grate the ginger root and add it to the juice. Peel and thinly slice the beet and shave the carrot to have really thin, almost transparent slices of veggies. Place them into the bowl with juice and add a pinch of curcuma. If you are using a red beet it will color the carrot, so if you want your carrot to stay orange simply use 2 separate bowls. Set aside to marinate while preparing everything else.

Lighly toast sesame seeds in a pan to open their flavor. Mix them with za'tar and set aside.

For the dressing mix extra virgin olive oil with a little of liquid in which your veggies are marinating. I took the liquid from the carrot bowl again not to color everything red. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, taste and if necessary adjust the quantities of ingrediens used. Classic proportions are 3 parts oil to 1 part acid but you are certainly free to adjust to your taste.

Mix your spinach with lightly marinated veggies, sprinkle with sesame seeds and za'atar and dress the salad. This is a gorgeous meal for a detox day - light and full of vitamins and diet fiber.

Beets are extremely good for detox: the beta cyanin cleanses your liver and helps your body to eliminate toxins which will prevent you from building-up excess fatty deposits if you eat raw beets regularly. Carrots are greatest antioxidants ever, they have a huge anti-aging effect. Spinach helps to develop immunity. Grapefruit and curcuma speed up your metabolism and help you to burn calories. The dish looks like a health heaven, doesn't it?

And the key point of a successful detox (any successful beginning actually) is to care of yourself  and love yourself. And your greens :)

Bon App├ętit!

4 comm.:

  1. A very beautiful and delicious raw treat! Good for everyday!

  2. I can almost pick that slice of carrot from the second picture ...looks soo gooood.
    I guess za'atar and curcuma are spices.


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