Detox Energy Salad

Detox Garden Salad

I was first introduced to a detox diet when I visited an awesome health and wellness retreat called Kamalaya that is situated in Koh Samui, Thailand. I did  a 14 day program especially designed by Dr Karina Stewart to help cleanse the body and nourish the cells.  At the end of my treatment – I felt amazing ! I was energised, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.  Basically the motto of a detox is:


A detox is a bit like an oil change for your car. It can help to re-boot and re-energise your system, eliminating toxins from the body and help to enhance weight loss and optimum health. A well-designed detox menu is hypoallergenic and low inflammatory, eliminating foods that could cause gastrointestinal upsets.

Food is most healing when it is close to its’ original state and has the properties to heal and nourish.  The Healthy Chef philosophy is a realistic and sensible approach to healthy eating that will last a lifetime.  What I love about embarking on a detox diet is that after the program finishes, you can easily transition the wonderful foods and raw juices you are eating into your every day lifestyle.  Detox to me is a bit like an intense training camp. I try and do one seasonally just to reset my body and healthy eating patterns and I also do occasional juice and smoothie cleanses over a weekend just to boost it along a bit.

Try to make small diet and lifestyle changes that will have positive outcomes to your health in the future. Enjoy the journey of healthy eating with balance, wisdom and moderation.  ” If you give your body the right environment and adopt healthy habits, you have the power to change your health in the future.”

Why it’s awesome !
The ingredients have been specifically chosen to detoxify, alkalinize and heal the body.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that alkalising diets improve bone density and serum growth hormone concentrations, while acidic diets contribute to bone and muscle loss. The most nourishing alkalising foods are green foods such as leafy greens, green vegetables, spirulina and wheat grass; citrus fruits; raw nuts and seeds, cold-pressed olive oil, beans and legumes. Make sure to include plenty of alkalising foods in your diet every day and you will notice the difference in your overall health.

150 g mixed leafy greens (cos, butter lettuce, iceberg, rocket, spinach, micro greens etc)
1/2  avocado
sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
sprinkle of sunflower seeds
handful of raw or roasted walnuts
sprinkle of goji berries or pomegranate jewels
1 teaspoon  ground flax seed (linseed)

Arrange the salad leaves into serving bowls.
Lay over the avocado and sprinkle over the seeds + goji berries.
Serve with your favourite dressing.
I love my simple lemon and olive oil dressing or a lush parsley and mint salsa verde. (see recipes)

Pump up the protein by serving with steamed with fish, organic egg or poached organic chicken.
Enhance detoxification by adding 1/2 raw grated or roasted beetroot.
Add a little crunch and goodness by adding a little roasted buckwheat.

Green Salsa Verde
1 bunch parsley leaves
1 bunch mint leaves
zest and juice from 1 lemon
cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed or walnut oil

Make the green dressing by combining all the ingredients into a high performance blender like a Vitamix and process until smooth. Season with a little fresh ground pepper. Pour a little over the salad just before eating and enjoy. Add a little splash of coconut water to aid mixing.

Lemon and olive oil dressing:
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
black pepper
Combine dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
Enjoy and feel nourished.


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12 Responses to “Detox Energy Salad”
  1. Sach Trikha says:

    I’ve run out of avocado! A good substitute?

    Addicted to this salad! x

  2. Sophie says:

    This sounds amazing… like so many of your recipes. I have a nut allergy which means that all nuts are a no no for me … seeds are fine so if I added an extra 5g to the quantities of pumpkin and sunflower seeds would that still give me the benefits of the walnuts?

  3. Deb says:

    Thanks Teresa for your fabulous recipes! I’ve been wanting to get my diet back in shape and this detox salad looks very nice and easy to prepare.
    Best wishes for 2014!

  4. Oh my goodness, that just looks so simple yet so delicious. I MUST have a version of this for dinner tonight!

  5. Marilyn Andrew says:

    WOW Your food always looks sooooo delicious. I just can’t wait to try them and this is a definite. So easy and look amazing.

  6. SARAH says:

    great salad would love to get some details of how to do these detoxes you talk about

  7. Margie says:

    Thanks again Teresa, a perfect lunch after a gruelling Boot Camp session this morning.

  8. Maida says:

    Hi Theresa, new to your website and it’s just what I’ve been searching for, healthy, nourishing and tasty recipes to get my health back on track.

  9. Chris says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Thanks for this simple but delicious salad. My husband and I both want to lose 5 kg and get our tummy fat down. His cholesterol is a little high. We are both in our 60′s (I am post menopausal). Can you suggest from your recipes the best way to help us? Should we start with just juices for a couple of days, or should we just jump in to mostly protein and vegies for meals? We are both only 5 kg overweight and want to lose the weight slowly. Warm regards, Chris

  10. Marilyn Andrew says:

    I made this on the week end. It was everything it promised to be. Amazing and delicious.
    Thanks Teresa.

  11. marta says:

    Tried this yesterday and had it with roast chicken – easy, clean and delicious!

  12. Mary Archer says:

    Cant wait to try your healthy food. I need to loose weight so badly i am going to the gym and starting to drink lots of water.Increasing my protein eating fresh food and drinking water is helping. Thank you Mary

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