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Detox Kale Salad

January 2, 2014

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 saladSome 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 2I 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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  • Reply
    Danielle @ Green is the New Black
    January 2, 2014 at 6:27 am

    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!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    January 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I don’t believe in cleanses either – I need to chew!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I totally agree that the key to healthy eating is to make most of your eats wholesome and nutritious, not just dieting.
    This sounds like an absolutely delicious salad— especially that dressing! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Davida! 🙂

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    January 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I love your salad goal!! And with a fabulous kale salad like this hanging around, I feel like that will be pretty easy to achieve. This is totally craveable!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    January 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

    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 😯 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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    Kim @ BusyBod
    January 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

    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.

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    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness
    January 2, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I love everything about this salad…kale and sweet potatoes are such a great combination! Combined with coconut oil? Yes, I need this in my face pronto! Plus, can i just go off topic…I LOVE your wooden spoons!

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    Elise @
    January 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I love that you threw sweet potatoes in this.. I like salad but need some substance in there, I can’t do boring salads. I’ll definitely be trying to do a salad a day with you, during the week it’s alot easier for me. The weekends I usually slip up

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Same here! I eat out way more on the weekends and when I’m out I tend to order a bit more extravagantly rather than ordering a salad. We’ll see how this goes!

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    Mary Frances
    January 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Dijon is the best. So is kale! 🙂 This salad looks amazing and if my body were to ever crave veggies, this would be the salad. I already want it for breakfast (very weird!) and I think your fabulous photos have something to do with that! Yum!

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    Danielle @LabelsAreForTinCans
    January 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I’ve kind of given up on the whole extreme detox! I eat a pretty detox-friendly diet as it is… Why else would I do that if I can’t eat dessert once in awhile 😉 But I usually aim to eat a big salad everyday and this one is definitely going on my list!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    January 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I love kale salads…LOVE! However, my husband can’t stand raw kale. One time he told me he felt like we were eating cow food. Don’t ask!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    January 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I like the salad a day goal! I may have to join you on that one…although mine won’t include kale, because I’m not a fan :-S Buuut sub in baby spinach and I’m good!

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    Shashi @
    January 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

    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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    January 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I feel the same way about “dieting”. I’ve done a salad every day, and they’re just not my favorite veggie… but I eat veggies at every meal! That makes me feel awesome!

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    D @ The Kosher Cave Girl
    January 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I’ve made kale chips and thrown kale into green smoothies, but I haven’t yet added it to salads. I’m not sure I like it that much yet, haha.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    January 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    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!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    January 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    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!

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    Ali @ Inspiralized
    January 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    what a beautiful salad!

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    January 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    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! 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

      I dont think people realize how much they’ll miss chewing until they go without out! It totally sucked. No more juice diets for me!

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    taylor @ taylormade
    January 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    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 🙂

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    January 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Love baby kale and sweet potatoes in salad is just plain delicious! I like your goal of eating a salad a day. For January, my goal is to drink one green smoothie daily. This is tough for me only because it’s so cold. 😉

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    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes
    January 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’m so glad you support extra cookie consumption over the holidays, and a great kale salad is always a good way to get back on track. Looks delicious!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    January 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I aint got time for boring salads either. This one looks like a party in your mouth. Making this for lunch today!!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Looks delicious Davida! I try and eat at least one salad a day, but the month of December turned into one every few days :S This looks like a great way to get back on track!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    January 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This looks so yummy! I have a hard time eating salads when the windchill is below zero but I definitely need to start getting some kale in my life. Detoxing is definitely necessary after the holidays!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    January 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    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 🙂

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Would the detox work if I poured that salad dressing all over my body and a hot man licked it off?

    OHHH HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY sexy TMI! lmfao! Merry.. No… Happy NEW YEAR! 🙂

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    January 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This salad looks delicious! I love roasted sweet potatoes! I am doing a detox that Laura from MommyRunFast is doing. It’s eating real food (not juicing) and it’s a 21 day cleanse. I am looking forward to it!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    January 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    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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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I know right?!?!! Sometimes you gotta OD on the butter and sugar to start craving veggies again. That or my body is trying to tell me I have scurvy…

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    Kierston @candyfit
    January 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    “…Focus on incorporating more nutritious foods rather than on what they shouldn’t be eating. ” Absolutely. I say this time and time again. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not about restrictions. It’s about balance, and finding what works for you 🙂

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    January 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I feel the same way with starting with yourself in terms of keeping healthy. Plus, if you make delicious kale salad, people with likely follow in suit anyways. The photography here is amazing, by the way!

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    Taylor @ greens & chocolate
    January 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love your outlook on healthy eating – I’m trying to get back on board the healthy eating and after a few weeks of overindulging, I’m definitely craving veggies! This salad looks delicious…I love baby kale!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Sometimes you have to go overboard on the treats to start craving the healthy stuff 🙂 Baby Kale is so good! Wish it were a bit easier to find but I snag it whenever I do!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    January 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’m craving salads these days too! Too many holiday treats make me want veggies all day, every day. This one looks awesome!

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    January 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    people think that “diet” is an active word – to cut things out. i don’t believe that. living a healthy lifestyle means doing healthy things and eating healthy things! and i love kale. i especially love kale chips, i can bake and eat those all the live long day.

    Vodka and Soda

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    Sarah @ Sweet Miles
    January 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Mmm that look so good! I seriously feel like I NEED something healthy like this after all the junk food the past two weeks! The holidays are rough! Great recipe!!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    January 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve been craving salads and veggies like crazy lately. So badly that I’ve been having them twice a day for the last week. (As a side, of course, I don’t support living off just salad!). I love creative versions and yours look delicious!
    I’ll surely join you in your salad eating year, count me in! ;–)

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    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!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      That’s so cool! Keep me posted on all the things you’re learning from IIN. I’m thinking of possibly signing up soon because it so aligns with my mindset!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Do I have to be detoxing to make this salad? Please say no. 😉

    You bet I’ll join you in the salad a day… although my salads tend to use non traditional veg in it- Love how you used anchovy paste…wait, and you don’t like sardines? Sardines > Anchovies.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I try not to think about the fact that there’s anchovies in anchovy paste…but it actually takes the dressing to a whole new level. You won’t find me bathing in that shit though.

      and no, no detoxing necessary.

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    Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy
    January 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This looks SO good! My body is the same way; after returning from vacation or a weekend of eating a lot of sweets or junk, all I crave are vegetables or a huge salad! After eating too many pieces of pie and my mom’s famous candy last week, I’ve definitely been eating way more veggies!

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    January 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Eating one salad a day is a great idea! I’m not so sure I could keep up with it. I hate going to the store more than once a week and organic salad usually goes bad too fast.

    This salad looks like a delicious detox remedy. I’m loving all of the flavor combos!

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    January 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I love salads – I need to start being more creative with them and this one looks awesome!!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    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!

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    Coffee and Crumpets
    January 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Yeah, so my first recipe for the year was a cake 🙂 . Unfortunately,, I don’t do resolutions, too much disappointment! Your salad is absolutely gorgeous and I can eat healthy if it looks that good.
    Happy New Year!!

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    January 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    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.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      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

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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    January 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    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.

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    January 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    “…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.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Jessie!!! If you come up with any winning combos do share! Always looking for new creative ideas!

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    Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal
    January 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    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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    January 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I actually LOVE salads so this one is a no-brainer for me… I like no-brainers. 🙂

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    January 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    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 😀 )

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Mitchell! Now if only we could convince everyone on the diet-du-jour to see things the same way!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    January 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I love salads and they are so versatile!!!!!! I love that you can throw anything into them!!

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    Sarah & Arkadi
    January 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    We need this salad badly! 😉

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    January 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    What a great salad to start the New Year off with – love the idea of one salad a day to kick off the year to a healthier start. The sweet potatoes and hearts of palm sound like fun additions!

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    Tamara Coleman
    January 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Hail to Kale! Im kale obsessed these days! 🙂 This sounds perfect!

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    Maria @ Foodpix photography
    January 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe

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    January 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Oh man! I’m in serious need of veggies. Detox kale salad-yes please!

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    January 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    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.

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    January 20, 2014 at 12:50 am

    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!

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