My Favorite Detox Salad

At the end of May we had some free days, so we took some time off and made our first hiking trip to our beautiful mountains. It was so great – the effort, the sweat, the moments you think you’ll give up, they were all instantly forgotten when we were rewarded by the amazing scenery from the mountaintop. It wasn’t a really difficult trail but for us, as beginners, it was quite a challenge and we ended up fully enjoying it! We used to visit the mountains just to relax with a coffee in beautiful surroundings, but from now on things will be different and I really recommend hiking to everyone who wants to switch things up for the better. It gave me energy, released tension, opened my mind, and balanced my emotions.

Healthy eating while traveling can also be a challenge, especially in remote places like the one we visited. After some heavy stews and soups, I couldn’t wait to be home and make a big salad. Farmers’ market stalls are bursting with fresh ingredients, so it was very easy to pick some green ingredients to make my favorite salad that always puts me back on track.

Most people seem to prefer mint, basil, or coriander, but when it comes to fresh herbs, I always go for parsley. I’ve used it with everything since I was a kid, because it is available year-round and my grandmother garnished most of the dishes with roughly chopped leaves, to give flavor and a yummy appearance. I can’t imagine our traditional dumpling soup without fresh parsley! And then, I discovered its amazing nutritional properties and included it in my daily diet.

Along with its high vitamin (K, C, A) and minerals (iron, potassium, and magnesium) load, the volatile oils in parsley have an interesting role in activating the glutathione-S-transferase enzyme, with a key role in eliminating oxidized molecules from our system. These prevent our bodies from developing chronic diseases (even cancer) resulting from oxidative stress. This healthy property of parsley is also supported by its antioxidants, especially flavonoids, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, which increases the antioxidant capacity of our blood, preventing the free radicals from causing irreversible damage. Antioxidants are easily absorbed by our body’s cells if their source is consumed along with healthy monounsaturated fats, like the ones in coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado, which I always add to my parsley salad.

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You can play with this salad’s ingredients any way you like, but I prefer to keep it green, so I added other fresh ingredients like cucumber, for their diuretic action, and zucchini for extra minerals. Quinoa makes it satiable enough to have this salad alone as a main meal, and also loads it with protein and antioxidants. I make it every time I feel my metabolism is slowed down, as it gives me an energy boost and really nourishes my system. I would love to hear what your favorite detox food is!

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My Favorite Detox Salad

Simple and nutritious, using year round available ingredients, this detox salad gives you energy and boosts your metabolism.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 2
Author: The Awesome Green


  • 2 bunches fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 avocado peeled, stone removed, cut into cubes
  • 1 small cucumber cut into small cubes
  • 1 small zucchini cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice only
  • A pinch sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Mixed seeds and nuts almonds, sesame, chia, pumpkin seeds, to garnish


  • In a medium bowl add parsley, avocado, quinoa, cucumber, zucchini and onion and toss to combine.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil and lemon, season with salt and pepper, mix to combine and set aside for 10 minutes, to allow quinoa to absorb the flavors.
  • Serve alone as a highly detoxifying meal.



  • Sarah | Well and Full
    June 7, 2015

    I love the plates you used in this shot, Ana! Where are they from? 🙂

    • Ana
      June 7, 2015

      I love them too! Most of my bowls are from the local flea markets, and some are borrowed from my mother’s kitchen 🙂

  • Anna
    June 12, 2015

    looove this!! so yummy

    • Ana
      June 15, 2015

      Thank you Anna! 🙂

  • Jlynn_14
    April 7, 2016

    5 stars
    Wow… I never realized all the nutritional properties in parsley! I never knew… and I’ll be sure to add it to my regular shopping list. Thanks for such a great site and including wonderful recipes. I found you on Twitter and it’s a wonderful site you and Lars have. I’m really looking forward to more!!! Thanks Ana!

    • Ana
      April 11, 2016

      Parsley is a favorite in our house, it’s so nourishing and we can find it year round at the farmers’ market. Lately I like to combine it with a few mint leaves and onion, to spice up my salads and take it to a new level of taste. Thanks for your lovely words, they made my day 🙂

  • Hailey
    September 23, 2017

    YUMMM this looks healthy and delicious! I need to try this ASAP. Thank you so much for the awesome recipe!

  • Karen
    March 18, 2020

    I’ve been loving this salad through summer. It’s so green and fresh. Super easy to bulk cook quinoa and freeze, then defrost portions as required. Sometimes I like to include chopped kale (massaged and softened with olive oil) I also like to add some sunflower seeds, fresh mint, and a little bit of diced Granny Smith apple to bring a little tartness. Have even thrown in whatever is being sprouted in my kitchen at the time. So versatile. Yum!

    • Ana
      March 30, 2020

      Definitely a favourite of mine too, happy you like it! 🙂

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