Detox Salad {gluten-free & vegan}

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you feel like everything you’re eating isn’t the best? Where you get to a point and all you want to eat is fruit and vegetables? Give your body a little detox and recuperate from the not-so-smart choices you’ve been making?

I’m totally there with you. For the past few weeks I’ve been seeing my diet slip a little bit. Not that I’m going overboard and eating junk food all day long, but I’m not making the smartest and healthiest decisions for my body.

For one, I’ve stopped juicing. I don’t really know why, but all of a sudden I found myself not wanting my go-to green juice, but instead I was opting for more filling breakfast shakes like my favorite green smoothie and my pina colada smoothie.

(Just as a side note, I do tend to do this from time to time – I get hooked on things and then get burned out and need a change.) 

Of course, smoothies are insanely healthy for you, but they are more filling in the morning than juices. That’s been an adjustment I’ve been getting used to, but I’ve also noticed that I’m eating less during the day, so maybe it’s balancing out.

Second, I’m a food blogger which means I spend quite a bit of my free time in the kitchen, whipping up new recipes and testing out new baked goods. This can lend itself to be a problem.

I’m a nibbly cook. I take small bites here and small bites there of everything that I make. I have to make sure it tastes good along the way, right?

But since I’m a nibbler, those are just extra calories that my body doesn’t necessarily need.

Third, it’s been terrible weather and I’m not too fond of exercising when it’s cold and rainy out. I would much rather curl up on the couch with a cup of tea (maybe with a chocolate chip cookie) and read, write or watch a movie. It sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

But that isn’t so good for my waistline.

Which brings me to this salad. This is a detox salad, perfect for those weeks when you’re feeling you need a little extra boost or a kickstart on your way back to health. It’s inspired by a salad that I had from the Whole Foods hot bar (which is amazing I will have you know), but with my own tweaks to make it more me.

This salad brings together amazing flavor and is packed with super foods, guaranteeing that you will be back to your same old self in no time.


Detox Salad

adapted from Oh She Glows
serves 6 – 8


  • 2 broccoli crowns
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened currants
  • 1/2 cup dried wild blueberries
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons kelp powder
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or other mild flavored vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Wash and rinse all your vegetables, then cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the broccoli and cauliflower until fine and add them to a large mixing bowl. You may need to do this in batches – I needed three.

Process the carrot the same way and add to the blow. Stir all ingredients to combine.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl, including the kelp powder, and mix with wooden spoon until fully combined. Add lemon juice, vinegar and syrup and toss to coat.

Enjoy – it’s time to feel rejuvenated.


  • Eileen Beran

    I love the concept of superfoods and make a point to have at least one specifically superfood supper a week. I love how the meal stays with me. I’m going to try this recipe–it looks really good.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks, Eileen! I try to eat a superfood at every single meal and it has much such a difference in my health. Let me know how the recipe is!

      • Marion Keller

        So where’s the quinoa in this detox salad recipe?

  • Kathy Goldman

    I love quinoa and am always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my meals. Will have to try this. Looks super healthy.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Please let me know how it turns out! I too love quinoa and enjoy finding new ways to incorporate it into my meals.

  • Theresa

    I’m pregnant and have been craving kale and quinoa (wierd I know). This salad looks great. I have never seenbought kelp powder before. Also, in your second paragraph of the recipe I think you say blow instead of bowl. We all know what you meant though 😉 Excited to try this!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Congrats on your pregnancy Theresa! Cravings are a funny thing, but at least you’re craving two of the best superfoods on earth! I found my kelp at our local natural foods store in the spice aisle. And THANK YOU for catching the typo – it helps that my readers also act as my proofers sometimes :)
      Happy Friday!! xo Alyssa

    • Hannah

      Hey Theresa! I’m pregnant too and I just read that kale is one of the best foods you can eat for your baby (i eat tons of raw massaged kale salads) – packed with folate, iron, and apparently ridiculously high in Vitamin K. So good to know it’s that good for you. Plus delicious quinoa of course!

  • Jennifer

    Love this! What a fantastic way to get kale into my diet! Made a big batch and portioned it out to take for lunch all week. I used dried cranberries because that is what was in the pantry, increased the sunflower seeds as I had no almonds, added some red cabbage and it turned out great. I left the kelp out because it is one taste my palate will not accept. Might try it with a scoop of quinoa and see how that works. So glad I found you!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you Jennifer!! I’m so happy you like the recipe – your tweaks sound great. I’m definitely going to have to try the red cabbage next time. And of course, quinoa makes everything better, so I say go for it! Happy lunching all week!! xo Alyssa

  • Stephanie

    I first saw this salad on Pinterest…it is a wonderful and tasty salad, however after 2 days of eating it it seems to be reaking havoc on my digestive tract I mean awful awful stomach cramps. Is that something that would be normal? I am hoping that is the case being that I made a huge batch of it for the week lol. I also like the idea of using some kale in this version!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Stephanie!

      I can’t imagine why this salad would be making your stomach hurt so much! Could it be that it’s more veggies than you’re used to eating? Maybe it’s just the combination of all the things together? I would suggest trying to space out your meals over a few days. Try eating it one day and then skipping a day. See if that helps. Definitely keep me posted!!!

      xo Alyssa

    • Jennifer

      Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage etc) can cause unpleasant tummy troubles for some people. Their complex carbs can lead to ‘grumblies’ as they pass undigested through the small intestine into the large intestine where they ferment and cause gas. Maybe try smaller quantities, give your body time to adjust to all that fiber. :)

      • Queen of Quinoa

        Great tip Jennifer! Thanks for chiming in :)

  • Bill

    I guess I am missing something…where is the quinoa? Are you supposed to add everything in the recipe to some set amount of quinoa? Still, whats there does sound good with quinoa.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Bill – no quinoa in this recipe. It’s simply veggies and veggies only :)

  • Shirley

    this looks soooooo yummy and good for the body! thanks for sharing!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you Shirley! Let me know if you try it :)

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  • Eliane nsengiyumva

    Can I replace kale with spinach.?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      You could try, but spinach doesn’t have as much texture as kale does, so I don’t know if it’s going to come out the same. If you don’t want to use kale, I would suggest another green like collard or chard over spinach. Enjoy!

  • Lacey

    I wanted to try this salad because I’m trying to eat vegan and clean, little did I know that this salad would be amazing! I had my doubts but the way everything works together is magical! I really do feel amazing after I eat it. It’s filling and it satisfies my sweet tooth! Thanks for sharing!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Woo hoo!! That’s the greatest comment :) I’m so happy you enjoy this salad. You’re making me crave it. Might just have to whip up a batch today! xo

  • Ben/Janet Young

    All that work for detox? Green Tea and Prunes works just as good.

  • Joyce Belzer

    I made t his and love it. Today I’m making adouble batch. Instead of using Maple Syrup, used honey and Instead of using Kelp, I used Turmric. I heard that is good too. Yum~o. Thank you!!!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      So happy you enjoyed it! I haven’t made this salad in a while, but your additions are making me want a huge bowl in front of me right now :)

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  • Marsha

    This looks fantastic. Only thing is that I don’t like broccoli or cauliflower raw — love both cooked for whatever reason, but raw it is just too bitter or something. Any suggestions for a good vegetable for substitution of this major contributor to this recipe? Roasted veggies ? Or would this kind of defeat the point of this raw salad…
    Thanks! I am loving exploring your website!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Marsha,

      I’m not really sure about a good replacement as they’re the main part of this recipe. The point of the detox salad is that it’s raw and the ingredients are superfoods. I hate saying this, but I think this just might not be the salad for you if you’re not a fan of raw ingredients. You could try to roast them, and see how that works, I’m not just too sure about what texture would result. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help – would love to know if you try your own version! xo Alyssa

    • Js

      Suggest you blanch broccoli or cauliflower first. Dip into boiling water for no more than three minutes, pull out and rince with cold water. Doesn’t “cook” them, but breaks down some of the alkaline/bitter taste.

  • Trish

    I was just wondering if you can use hemp powder instead of the kelp as I have some at home and also I out of dried blueberries but I do have a lot of other dried fruit what would you suggest that I used instead?

    Thanks Alyssa I just love your website 😉

    • Queen of Quinoa

      I do think you could use hemp powder. The taste might change a little, but it’s still good for you! For a dried fruit alternative, I’d do either cranberries or currants. Do you have either of those? Enjoy it!

      • Trish

        Thanks Alyssa I will do so and let you know how it turn out! Have a good day Trish 😉

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