How to Make a Simple Raw Veggie Detox Salad

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“An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year,” according to the Boston Medical Center. And because each person’s preferences are a little different, there are about 45 million ways to go about dieting. Some may choose a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, while others omit entire food groups. For a person with celiac disease, eating gluten-free foods can have marked health benefits.

However, when weight loss is the primary motivator, immediate is the preferred timeline. In other words, people want to go on a diet and see results instantly. That’s why many dieters turn to quick-fix detox programs, such as a juice cleanse or 28-day tea detox. While a green drink made of kale, celery, chard and cilantro sounds refreshing, it lacks protein, fat and fiber – key macronutrients for a fully functioning body.

This doesn’t mean you can’t try a detox diet. It just means you can do it better. A more wholesome detox includes loads of fresh vegetables, as well as some healthy fats and a moderate portion of local, in-season protein. Below is a recipe for my favorite raw veggie detox salad. By creating this powerhouse combination, your body will be thriving without depriving.  

Overhead View of Raw Kale Detox Salad with Lemon Wedges and Parsley on Dark Wood Table |


1 large bunch organic black kale (also called Dino, Lacinto or Carolo Nero), washed & patted dry
4 sheets dried Nori seaweed, shredded
1 Tbsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
1 small Meyer lemon, zested and juiced, reserving 1 tablespoon juice
1 tsp. dried goji berries
1 tsp. chia seeds
8 oz. local, fresh sashimi-grade fish or protein of choice
1 large avocado


  1. Tear kale into small pieces.
  2. To a large glass bowl, add kale, seaweed, olive oil and lemon. Mix well, cover tightly and place in refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.
  3. Thirty minutes before serving, add goji berries and chia seeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Divide salad between two plates.
  5. Add a single serving of fish or protein of choice.
  6. Top with sliced avocado and serve with remaining lemon juice on the side.