Detox Kale Salad

I’m quite certain I’m not the first and definitely won’t be the last person blogging about a “detox” New Years recipe. After weeks of cookie consumption (which I fully support) I don’t blame you if your body is crying for vegetables. I know mine is.

My body is funny that way. It legitimately craves vegetables. Occasionally you might actually find me turning down cornbread and cake for kale and carrots.

detox kale salad Some of you may be trying out detox juice cleanses or starting out on a path to making healthier choices this year. I’ve done a juice cleanse before and I was a hangry monster. I don’t condone them though and kudos to you if you feel like they work. It’s just not my cup of green juice. I do NOT however support fad diets. If you’re looking to lose weight or start eating healthier in 2014 please do not deprive yourself. Eat real food and enough of it.

I think a lot of people who make the resolution to “eat healthier” misconstrue healthy eating with eliminating food. Sure you can’t go binging on Big Macs daily, but I would love if people could focus on incorporating more nutritious foods rather than on what they shouldn’t be eating. I realize that what I’m promoting here is like trying to cure cancer (thank you diet industry for that…) so instead I’ve decided to start with just me.

detox kale salad 2 I have one more resolution I did not include in yesterday’s list. I’ve made it my personal mission to eat at least one salad a day. Some days that might mean a large salad for lunch and other days a side salad with dinner. This is a choice of mine that makes me feel good at the end of the day. The best part about this is how creative you can get with salads. Ain’t got time for boring salads around here.

I would love if you guys decided to join me for the fun so why not start with this delicious Detox Kale Salad?

Detox Kale Salad

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Keywords: bake appetizer entree gluten-free vegan sweet potatoes kale

Ingredients (Yields: 4 large salads or 8 si)

  • 4 oz baby kale
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or olive oil (or spray of either)
  • 6 hearts of palm, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted or raw)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 1 squirt of anchovy paste (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Spray or drizzle sweet potatoes with oil of choice.

3. Roast for 15 mins. Remove from oven and flip over before roasting for another 10 mins.

4. Assemble kale, hearts of pal, pumpkin seeds and cranberries into a large salad bowl. Top with sweet potatoes once done roasting.

5. Whisk together dressing ingredients.

6. Toss salad and drizzle with enough dressing to coat.

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Do you want to join me in eating a salad a day in 2014? How do you detox? 


  1. says

    This salad sounds delicious! I love any type of roasted veggie (tomatoes, carrots, butternut squash) in salad like that! I haven’t tried sweet potato in there, but why not?! I am with you, once I’ve gone on a binge of junk, all my body needs is some veggies. Just like I try to eat a little junk when I want it, if my body wants veggies, heck yes I’m going for it!
    Danielle @ Green is the New Black recently posted…WIAW: New Year’s Eve

  2. says

    I’m a veggie craver too, and you better believe I’m craving the green stuff after the Christmas cookie coma I was in over the holidays. The only thing is… I’m not a fan of kale :shock: Granted, I only gave it one shot and it was a BAD experience so my views might be a little tainted, but for now I’ll stick to my baby spinach and baby greens.
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  3. says

    This? “I think a lot of people who make the resolution to “eat healthier” misconstrue healthy eating with eliminating food. Sure you can’t go binging on Big Macs daily, but I would love if people could focus on incorporating more nutritious foods rather than on what they shouldn’t be eating.” I wanted to stand up and clap! I could not agree more and I really, really hope that resonates with any of your readers who need to hear it. Also loving this salad and your salad-a-day mission.
    Kim @ BusyBod recently posted…Fit fun in ’14

  4. says

    haha – so glad you are not a “hangry” monster anymore!
    Am not a big fan of fads either – and definitely do understand the need to veggie-load from time to time – my craving hit pretty bad on the 31st – and I found myself in front of a hooge plate of broccoli and caramelized onions – mmm mmm mmm so good!
    A salad a day sounds like an awesome plan!
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  5. says

    Salad looks great! I wish I craved more salads lately, but in the colder weather I just want hot food all the time. I will try hard to eat more salads though. I generally detox just with clean eating…no packaged/frozen/canned anything for the day and I feel better. Have a great day!
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted…Happy Holidays

  6. says

    Ok, I love this recipe BECAUSE I am definitely salad challenged. Maybe I can get a few tips from you over the course of this year since you’ll be eating so many! Oh and P.S. I had the bessssst meatballs on New Years Eve for dinner, and I thought of you. Problem was, I also had a stomach bug on NYE and I couldn’t eat more than like one of them. Sad. You’ll just have to make me some the next time I see you!
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…Light Southern Cornbread

  7. says

    My body definitely craves some veggies after they lack from my diet… even if it’s just for a day! I don’t think I could do the juice detox either. I need to chew to feel satisfied! This salad look like absolute perfection! I’m totally with you on how salads should involve a bit of creativity. I think that’s why so many people turn their noses up at them – they picture a bowl of lettuce with a few shreds of carrots! I wouldn’t want that either, but something like this? Now that is what a salad should be! :)
    Alex@vegginout recently posted…WIAW – 5k Fuel

  8. says

    I’m not one for detoxing or “cleansing” per se, but like you, I’m striving to simply add more nutritious foods into my diet every day. I don’t think I could do a salad a day (I prefer my veggies hot in the winter), but kudos to you! this kale salad does look mighty delicious :)
    taylor @ taylormade recently posted…healthy quinoa & oat granola

  9. says

    I love me some kale, nom nom nom. I’m planning on buying a TON this weekend and making a huge green salad to take to my placement which starts monday!

    I totally agree with you about fad diets; so done with that. I like to ‘detox’ by adding more blended dishes to my diet, which gives my stomach a bit of a break :)
    Suzanne @ hello, veggy! recently posted…Intentions and Goals for 2014

  10. says

    See? Just a few weeks ago, you were wondering if you would ever crave veggies again! I knew it would come back – the body is amazing at balancing us out. Like you, I believe in focusing on incorporating MORE healthy foods, rather than completely eliminating things or doing extreme fad diets. This salad looks delicious!!
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  11. says

    I love, love, love salads! There are so many different combos and types. They never get old!

    Funny that you’re talking about incorporating more healthy foods instead of focusing on eliminating “bad” foods. I just read about this in my nutrition school curriculum. The concept is called “crowding out” — that is, focusing on adding in healthy foods and habits instead of just trying to stop doing something. Great concept right!
    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness recently posted…Old Bay Potato Chips with French Onion Dip

  12. says

    I love the idea of aiming for a salad a day… but some days I’m so busy that I only get my veggies in by standing in front of the fridge and gnawing on whole carrots haha! But this salad definitely looks worth the time to make it. I adore sweet potatoes in salads!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…The best of 2013

  13. says

    I would love to eat a salad a day in 2014, but I’m already kind of a fail on that front – no fresh veggies when I came home today (except some carrots which were turned into a soup).

    My detox is water, water, water – lots of fresh veggies, keeping the sugar at a minimum and lots of hot yoga. Luckily despite the lack of food in the house I ate pretty clean today – I am pretty pumped sauerkraut is such a PA New Year’s food because it makes a great pair with some broccoli.
    Cassie recently posted…Spill It Sunday [3]: 2013 Recap

    • says

      Sauerkraut is a PA New YEars food?!?! I learn something new everyday! I made homemade sauerkraut last year and I was obsessed. It’s super easy! For now I’m sticking to poutine until I get home and can start cooking again haha

  14. says

    So fresh and so clean!! Both you and your salads! I love the idea of eating a salad everyday… And your paragraph about diet industry and what not… that’s a tangent i could surely go off on… don’t get me started. i have yet to actually enjoy raw kale but maybe it’s because i haven’t had one of your davida healthy maven salads. yum yum. happy new year you gorgeous girl.

  15. says

    “…I do NOT however support fad diets. If you’re looking to lose weight or start eating healthier in 2014 please do not deprive yourself. Eat real food and enough of it. ” <– Can I get an AMEN to this statement!!! Ha Ha. Seriously though, you are 100% right. You nailed my feelings to the T.

    Oh & girl I'm all in on this salad a day challenge.
    Jessie recently posted…New Workout & is 14 too Young?

  16. says

    Looks yummy! I haven’t followed a “diet” in years and have never done a cleanse. For some reason if our forefathers could see what we do to our bodies, they’d think we were aliens. I mean food is food and good food should be eaten. Of course our forefathers would cringe at the processed food, so that’s what I do my best to avoid. :)
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  17. says

    You’re so right! It’s funny how ‘healthy’ seems to be equated so frequently with deprivation. Whenever I hear about a ‘new diet’ so often it’s all about focusing on one thing: cut calories.

    Recipes like this prove you can enjoy real foods. They taste awesome, and nourish you from the inside out (or in the case of this detox, cleanse :D )
    Mitchell recently posted…Strange But Good: Kangaroo Burgers

  18. says

    Amen Sister! I am not a fan of fad diets. I’m all about real and quality food in the right quantities. I think if people focused on what they could eat, instead of what they should eliminate, eating healthy would suddenly seem so much more obtainable. Not to mention it’s delicious.
    I 100% support your salad a day movement. I’m not craving them yet, likely because I OD this summer with my CSA greens, but I do want spinach all the time, so I have been incorporating it into my daily smoothies.
    I’m also broccoli and cauliflower obsessed.

  19. says

    Oh Davida! I love this! The pictures are gorgeous! The font is perfect (and so fun and whimsical!) If I wasn’t a healthy eater already, this post alone could convince me to change my Big Mac binging ways! ;) And also, I just have to say that I love your philosophy on adding healthy foods to your diet INSTEAD of eliminating certain ones…SO TRUE! I wish I could shout it from the rooftops every time I hear someone comment on how they “cheated” on their diet by eating a cookie…or something! Gahhh!

    Oh and I saw this super cute infographic the other day on making healthier salads. I know you and I BOTH know what we’re doing when it comes to building a good bowl of greens, but I thought it was kinda cool and may use it for some new ideas for combos!
    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli recently posted…Peanut Butter Pumpkin Banana Wrap


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