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May 8, 2018

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Copycat Whole Foods Detox Salad

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Learn how to make your own copycat version of the Whole Foods Detox Salad! Quick, easy, packed with nutrients and a great way to cleanse the body.

copycat whole foods detox salad with broccoli and kale

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.

how to make the whole foods detox salad at home

Mostly it's because I've been snacking more than normal. Especially on energy balls! One of the downsides of working from home is that your kitchen is just steps away. And when you have delicious sweet treats, like my Turtle Cookie Energy Balls, peeking at you from the freezer, it's hard to resist.

And while super duper healthy, it's still kind of a lot of sugar to be adding in each day.

So each day around lunch, I'm finding that my body is craving something light, clean and GREEN. Like very, very green!

Sometimes for me that's a smoothie, but smoothies again tend to be higher in sugar, so what's really saved me? My copycat version of the Whole Foods Detox Salad!

how to make the whole foods detox salad at home

whole foods detox salad with broccoli, cauliflower and kale


This is a recipe that I actually shared back in 2012, but I felt like needed a little updating. It's inspired by the Whole Foods Detox Salad from their salad bar, and it's 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 got all the goods – including lots of detoxifying vegetables, nourishing fat and protein from the nuts and seeds, a pop of sweetness from dried fruit and deliciously tangy dressing.

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

homemade version of whole foods detox salad recipe

It's also one of those salads that will keep for a few days in the fridge, so you can certainly use it for meal prep!

Now before I let you go, there are just a few things I want to tell you about this salad:

  1. It can easily be bulked up by adding your favorite protein
  2. You can swap the nuts, seeds and fruit for whatever you have on hand (or leave them out)
  3. The dressing is also delicious with rice vinegar, lime and/or honey

homemade version of whole foods detox salad with broccoli

And lastly, if you have a sensitive system, it could cause some gas and bloat. Since it's made with entirely raw veggies, and vegetables that can be a little hard to digest, you might notice it doesn't totally agree with you.

If that's the case, I would recommend gently steaming the broccoli and cauliflower ahead of time, letting them both cool completely and then pulsing them gently in the food processor. That should help make them easier to digest and gentler on your system.

Otherwise, belly up because this salad is deeeelish!

how to make the whole foods detox salad at home

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Copycat Whole Foods Detox Salad

 Learn how to make your own copycat version of the Whole Foods Detox Salad! Quick, easy, packed with nutrients and a great way to cleanse the body.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 317kcal
Author Alyssa
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copycat whole foods detox salad with broccoli and kale
3.93 from 28 votes



  • 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 bowl. Stir all ingredients to combine.
  • Add the rest of the salad ingredients to the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Add lemon juice, vinegar and syrup and toss to coat.
  • Enjoy - it's time to feel rejuvenated.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 1145mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 5615IU | Vitamin C: 233.1mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 3.9mg



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  9. Alyssa,
    Made this yesterday and was really good. Both my husband and I really liked it, but if felt it needed a bit more dressing. In your picture it looks to me that yours made a lot more than what mine did. I used the juice of 1 lemon and the 2 T of ACV and 1T of maple syrup as you suggested. It to me seemed like it wasn’t enough to cover all the ingredients. It seemed a bit dry. Did i miss something or do i just need to make more and add to it. Otherwise it was great.

    • Hmm maybe it was the size of the lemon! I’ll update the dressing ingredients to be a bit more specific 🙂 So glad you both enjoyed it though!!

  10. Great salad! HUGE batch that we will gratefully eat up. I’m intrigued as to how it is 6-8 serving though 🙂 What is the size of 1 serving?

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  13. 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 😉

    • 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!

  14. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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

  15. 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!!!

    • 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 🙂

  16. 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!

    • 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

    • 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!

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  19. 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.

  20. 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!

    • 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. 🙂

    • 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

  21. 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!

    • 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

  22. 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!

    • 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!

    • 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

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

  24. 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.

    • 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!


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