Spring is in the air. And with warmer weather comes the urge to eat lighter. We’ve chosen The Ultimate Detox Salad as our featured recipe for March because its light and flavorful, but it’s also packed with cancer-fighting ingredients.

We’ve mentioned before that it’s a good rule of thumb to “eat the rainbow.” Foods that come in a variety of colors, like those of the rainbow, are important in helping fight cancer. They contain many active ingredients like Allyl Sulfides to help destroy cancer cells, antioxidants which protect your cells against free radicals, Beta-Carotene to help keep the immune system strong and Vitamin C to detoxify your body of harmful substances. The Ultimate Detox Salad certainly contains a rainbow of cancer-fighting vegetables.

Serves 6, as a lunch or dinner course

Ingredients:

For the dressing:
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, optional
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the salad:
2 cups dinosaur kale, tightly packed and thinly sliced
2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
2 avocados, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing (or put everything in a small blender and blend) and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add the kale, cabbage, broccoli, bell pepper, and carrots to a large serving bowl.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated.
  4. Add the parsley, diced avocado, sesame seeds and walnuts and toss again.
  5. Serve as an entrée salad or as a side salad to your favorite meal.

Notes

  • You can use any type of kale you like.
  • You can also use avocado oil or olive oil in place of grapeseed oil in the dressing.

Credit: Eat to Beat Cancer