Detox diets have gained in popularity because they include healthy ingredients packed with antioxidants and protein that help burn fat and boost your metabolism. Contrary to what the name might imply, a detox salad is not a salad with iceberg lettuce and little else — it's a delicious and nutritious mix of veggies, legumes, and other protein sources that can help satisfy your hunger and keep you on the right path toward weight loss or maintenance.
If you're looking for a few good detox salad recipes to add to your weekly meal plans, start with this cauliflower salad, which is packed with goodness like broccoli, sunflower seeds, raisins, lemon juice, and even kelp granules.
Kale And Blueberry Salad
This kale and blueberry salad is high and fiber and antioxidants, low in fat, and rich in vitamins, folate, copper, magnesium, and iron. A dash of olive oil and apple cider vinegar provide rich flavor and a sweet-tart sprinkling of craisins never hurt.
Few foods are so naturally dense in nutrients and beneficial to skin, hair, and nails like the Vitamin E-rich avocado. This avocado salad is a perfect green blend of creamy avo, zucchini, and broccoli topped with a tangy Dijon mustard dressing.
Mixed Bean Salad
Combine as many beans as you love — including white, black, chickpeas, and even stringbeans for a bit of green — and you get this protein-packed Detox Bean Salad, to which you can add fresh spices like parsley and cumin for a bit of a kick.
Mixed Fruit Salad
This perfect summer fruit salad might as well be dubbed a medley of vitamins and minerals — it's that good for you. It's also foolproof: add as many different types of berries to a bowl with banana, kiwi, pineapple, apple — basically, anything your heart desires. If you crave additional protein, a scoop of low-fat cottage cheese on the side or on top will do the trick.
Salmon Detox Salad
A detox salad doesn't have to be vegetarian. This salmon salad with roasted kale, blood oranges, and pecans defines delicious, but it's also an unbelievable source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, and vitamins B12 and D. It's one heck of a well-balanced meal that's easy to make and perfect for lunch or dinner.