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

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Hi! I'm Davida and welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a wellness blogger, yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and green beauty lover.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

  5. 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! ;–)

  6. 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!!

  7. 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

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

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. 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!