Spring detox salad with lemon dressing: – Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free, clean, vegetarian and Paleo friendly.
As Spring is in full swing and the days are getting warmer, my thoughts turn to salads and what fresh, Spring time produce there is to use. Things like sprouts, seeds and all things green come to mind hence I wanted to incorporate that fresh, delicate, green look of Spring into this recipe.
My Spring detox salad is the perfect dish to have on its own if you want something light, yet nourishing and need to “reset” after indulging in heavy foods all Winter. It has a light, delicate flavour and is bursting at the seams with nutrient dense goodness. Just look at all the benefits below!
If you’re suffering from inflammation, this salad is just what you need. Greens are known to be very effective at reducing inflammation in the body. (It’s like your own medicine cabinet growing in the garden!) Make sure you’re consuming lots of greens daily, not only in the form of salads but also juices and smoothies; and reduce inflammation aggravating foods like sugar, alcohol, fried foods, fake sugar, dairy products and wheat products (especially GMO). At meal time, fill your plate with majority greens and make meat the supporting act (not the star of the show.)
I’ve used green oak lettuce, chives, spring onions, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, snow peas and garden peas plus a light hit of fresh mint which marries perfectly with the peas and gives the dish some lift. I’ve also added toasted sunflower seeds for nuttiness and crunch. It would go well as a side dish to prawns, fish or chicken; or you can turn it into a heartier salad by adding some barbecued prawns or grilled chicken strips over the top.
Why this is so good for you
Peas/snow peas help prevent stomach cancer, strengthen the immune system, are anti-aging, help prevent arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis, help prevent type 2 diabetes, and help prevent candida.
Spring onions/chives strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of gastric ulcers, help fight asthma, chronic chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, inhibit stomach cancer and detoxify the body from heavy metals.
Mint helps promote digestion, helps soothe indigestion, helps prevent cancer, helps give relief to respiratory disorders, stimulates mental alertness, freshens breath and helps inhibit harmful bacteria growth in the mouth.
Cucumbers are very hydrating, aid digestion, rid the body of toxins, control blood pressure and promote joint health.
Lettuce prevents heart disease, helps prevent anemia, helps regulate bowel movement, helps relieve insomnia and reduces risk of neural tube defects in pregnant women.
Alfalfa sprouts help fight leukemia, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, help reduce hardening of the arteries, help treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, help prevent strokes, help prevent heart disease and help prevent osteoporosis.
Sunflower seeds help prevent cancer, keep bones strong, help ease joint pain, gastric ulcers and skin eruptions, and help prevent heart attacks.
Lemon promotes heart health, maintains blood pressure levels, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, helps prevent skin, colon and breast cancer, helps prevent osteoarthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, helps treat sore throat, flu, cold and similar infections, encourages healthy bowel movements and improves oral health.
Olive oil helps prevent breast cancer, heart disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes, reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, helps prevent strokes and reduces risk of depression.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties, supports the circulatory, digestive and immune systems, helps lower blood pressure, assists in detoxification, prevents formation of blood clots, reduces blood pressure, helps with asthma, regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics and lower the risk of most types of cancer.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Love, Tash x
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Pinch of fine pink Himalayan salt
- 2 cups frozen green peas, steamed
- 16 snow peas, steamed and sliced in half
- 3 cups shredded green oakleaf lettuce (or any other lettuce)
- 1 cucumber, quartered and sliced
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 1 spring onion, sliced (including the green part)
- 1 bunch chives, snipped
- 2 tablespoons sliced mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, dry pan toasted
- Combine dressing ingredients in a screw top jar. Shake.
- Arrange salad ingredients in a bowl. Pour dressing over the top and stir through. Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the salad.