Chopped salads are a favourite in our households because they are quick and easy to make and most importantly delicious. This is a salad that often appeals to salad resistant kid and also toddlers because it’s texture is very different to eating the vegetables in their whole form. My daughter actually calls this ‘baby food’ salad because I often gave it to them when they were little (before they loved whole salads like they do now).
Why is it healthy?
Broccoli and cauliflower both belong to the family of vegetables known as brassicas. They possess compounds that support both phases of liver detoxification (including the specific enzyme systems that processes known carcinogens).
Carrot, garlic, avocado, parsley, coriander also support liver detoxification pathways. Pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants. The fats in the avocado and tahini are anti-inflammatory and help to support the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit many specific dietary requirements.
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Rainbow Detox Salad
- ¼ cauliflower -florets and stems
- ¼ broccoli -florets and stems
- 1 carrot/s (large) roughly chopped
- ¼ bunch fresh parsley leaves -or coriander leaves
- ½ pomegranate -seeds (can sub raisins, craisens or fresh grapes), see method below for tips on removing the seeds from the pomegranate very easily
- 1 clove/s garlic
- ½ avocado/s -flesh
- 1 tbsp hulled tahini
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Ground black pepper
- ½ lime/s -juice
- 1 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey (optional)
- 60 ml water (¼ cup approx.)
- Place the broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, parsley or coriander in a food processor and pulse until just chopped. In the Thermomix I use the turbo pulse button in short bursts. Please watch the consistency closely as you go (over-processing can result in a detox juice rather than salad)! Set aside.
- You could also chop/grate by hand, obviously a bit more labour intensive.
- Now make your dressing. Personally, I don't bother to rinse my processor to make the dressing. Mix all of the ingredients (except the water) together until combined (Thermomix 5-10 seconds, speed 4). Now add the water gradually until you get a thick consistency that can be drizzled over the chopped salad.
- Top with pomegranate seeds. The easiest way to remove the seeds is to cut the fruit in half, holding the cut side facing down in your palm. Bang the skin side of the fruit with a large metal spoon, the seeds should just fall out leaving the white pith behind.
- Toss and serve immediately.