Green Detox Broccoli Salad

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It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog, and I really missed it. A lot happened meanwhile – I’ve been involved into a huge project which helped me grow my food videography skills, serious health issues stroke in our little family, we’re still fighting the disease but trustfully looking for better days, and then spring happened. It’s so amazing how the cyclic reborn powers of the nature can nurture your soul, offer comfort and hope for the better. The winter was really difficult for us, from all points of view, but now we can finally see a ray of light.

Cooking lighter dishes and focusing on fresh greens that just started to pop by at the farmers’ market is also part of the process. While season transitioning is a bit stressful for our bodies making them crave unhealthy food, there is a little voice in my head that always guides us toward healthier food choices. We only need to listen!

Fresh broccoli #detox | TheAwesomeGreen.com

Fresh broccoli #detox | TheAwesomeGreen.com

Focusing on green and dark leafy veggies is the best way to help your body adapting to the season changes, boost the liver function and help it eliminate the excess cholesterol, old estrogen and toxins. I used broccoli as the base for this salad, inspired by the popular cauliflower rice dishes. Although its texture is a bit harder than the cauliflower one, you can use the food processor to turn it into a brightly green broccoli rice that you can use as it is, or highly sauté for a softer texture.

In terms of nutrients, we already know that broccoli stands out proudly! Think vitamins (including A, some B-complex matches, C, K and E), minerals involved into the natural detoxification process (manganese, copper, selenium and zinc), fiber and omega 3 in significant concentrations. Many of these, together with its glucosinolates and other active substances contribute to reducing the oxidative stress, inflammation and cancer risk.

The recommended intake of broccoli is at least 3/4 cup per day, to ensure your body gets a constant dose of the nutrients it contains. However, if your thyroid function is slower, reducing the amount of broccoli you consume and using a  more intensive cooking method, such as roasting, will prevent its glucosinolates substances to interfere with iodine absorption related to a proper thyroid function.

Broccoli rice #detox | TheAwesomeGreen.com

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Broccoli rice detox salad #vegan #detox | TheAwesomeGreen.com

I combined the broccoli rice with a herbed avocado sauce, for an extra kick of minerals and a good concentration of healthy fats that supports the hormone production and a better absorption of the antioxidant nutrients in broccoli. A huge bunch of fresh parsley, cucumber and scallions were also added to the picture, to boost the detoxifying properties of the salad (as the glucosinolates in broccoli are involved in Phase 2 of the natural detoxification, when the neutralised toxic substances are prepared for excretion).

Remember to always add a good dose of green leafy vegetables and herbs (be it parsley, chard, beet greens, kale or any available) to your daily meals, to ensure your liver gets the nutrients it need for a proper detoxification function.

Ready to pump more fresh nutrients to help your body cope with the season transition? Try my other nutrient-rich salads: Quinoa Salad for Spring Detox, Thai Cauliflower Rice Salad, or the Superfood Salad for Hormone Balance.

Broccoli salad with avocado dressing #detox #vegan | TheAwesomeGreen.com

Broccoli salad for spring detox #vegan #detox | TheAwesomeGreen.com

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Green Detox Broccoli Salad
 
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Help your body cope with the seasons transition by nourishing it with fresh nutrients in season - broccoli rice and fresh herbs!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large broccoli head, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 large bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Add the broccoli florets into the food processor and pulse to obtain a rice texture.
  2. Heat the coconut oil into a cast iron skillet, add the garlic and cook for a minute over low heat.
  3. Add the the broccoli rice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Season with salt and set aside.
  5. Add the avocado, lemon juice and 2 tbsp chopped parsley into the food processor and pulse to obtain a creamy mixture.
  6. Transfer the broccoli into a large bowl, together with the remaining parsley, cucumber, hemp hearts and scallions, and mix to combine.
  7. Add the avocado cream and mix again.
  8. Serve immediately.
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15 Comments
  • Dana
    March 19, 2019

    This looks incredible, Ana! So simple yet so vibrant and perfect for spring. I’m adding it to my meal prep list for next week. Also, so sorry to hear you’ve had a rough go of it lately. Sending healing vibes to your and your family. xoxo

    • Ana
      March 19, 2019

      Thank you so much, Dana, it means a lot

    • Alison Clay-Duboff
      April 29, 2019

      But the recipe doesn’t say what to do with the cucumber!!! Am I losing my mind?

      • Mischa
        June 21, 2019

        Nor does it say what to do with the hemp hearts. The instructions are confusing and incomplete.

      • Mischa
        June 21, 2019

        Ugh, the ingredients call for one large bunch of parsley but the instructions only mention using 2 tablespoons of parsley. Which is it? Only the two tablespoons in the sauce or do you also chop up the rest of the parsley and add it to the riced broccoli? How hard is it to provide clear instructions for a recipe?

  • Lisa
    April 2, 2019

    What a beautiful dish, and such bright flavor! My family loved this! Thanks, Ana.

    • Ana
      April 23, 2019

      So lovely to read this recipe is family-approved! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • Andrew
    April 11, 2019

    Ana, your photos look incredible! And the recipe seems to be really healthy! Due to you I really want to try this salad! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Ana
      April 23, 2019

      Thank you very much, Andrew! If you did try it already, send me a photo – I’d love to share it on my Insta Stories 🙂

  • Alison Duboff
    April 29, 2019

    Anna,

    I’ve read and reread the recipe 10 times. I don’t see where, when or how the cucumber goes in!!! Help!

    • Ana
      April 29, 2019

      You simply add it diced to the salad combo, as the photos show. I hope you like it

  • Jane turner
    May 17, 2019

    I’m trying this tomorrow!!!! Nice and amazing recipe shared by you, thank you so much for that.

    • Ana
      May 20, 2019

      Hey Jane, please share your pics of this dish with me so I can tag you in my Stories! 🙂

  • Jonathan Nyce
    June 5, 2019

    I made this with the intention of serving it as a side-dish but I ended up eating the whole batch by itself instead! I was hesitant about making a warm salad but I followed directions exactly and obviously, it was a hit. I’m making it again ASAP. Thanks for the healthy recipe!

    • Ana
      June 7, 2019

      I’m doing this myself all the time:) Thanks so much for the feedback!

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