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Nourishing Detox Salad

Nourishing Detox Salad is a fresh and vibrant combination of healthy beets, beet greens, carrots, apples, cilantro, naturally sweet raisins, and protein-rich hemp hearts all tossed in a flavorful citrus-ginger dressing!

top down view of white with healthy detox salad.

After a long weekend of trials with the last recipe, Pizza Pie + Balsamic Tomato Sauce + Roasted Vegetables, it was time to move away from heavy, carb-filled foods and get into something fresh & vibrant. And this detox salad was just perfect!

Why We Love This Recipe!

This healthy salad is full of fresh ingredients and loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Be sure to check the nutritional info in the recipe card below!

Loaded with ‘super-foods,’ it’s a nourishing and deliciously easy way to cleanse the body and help the liver remove unwanted toxins.

Eating nutrient-dense foods, like this detox salad, on a regular basis will help replenish and refuel to keep you revitalized and feeling your best!

top down view showing the process of making detox salad.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This detox salad includes ‘Super Food’ ingredients to help cleanse the liver and detox the body of daily pollutants. Your liver works hard to eliminate contaminants and these powerful ingredients help get the job done!

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Beet with greens – Sweet, earthy-flavored beets are full of antioxidants and act as an anti-inflammatory. If you can’t find beets with their greens, use chopped spinach, dandelion greens, or even lacinato kale (aka dinosaur or Tuscan kale), as they are all detoxifying as well.
  • Apple – Sweet or sour, apples are rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The fiber is in the skin, so eat the skin whenever possible.
  • Carrot – Sweet carrots can improve the skin, boost the immune system, optimize digestion, and protect cardiovascular health.
  • Cilantro – Fresh cilantro is brightly flavored, can help cleanse the body of toxic metals, and is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Organic raisins – Naturally sweet, raisins contain vital minerals and vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins B and C.
  • Hemp hearts or sesame seeds – Full of heart-healthy omegas, these seeds contain proteins and fiber and are an easy way to help detox your body!
  • Lime juice (lemon is fine too) – Lime is a tart fruit bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Ginger – Zesty ginger root is packed with healing compounds and can help aid digestion, fight nausea, and treat cold and flu infections.
top down view of freshly make detox salad in a bowl.

How To Make Detox Salad

  • Start by making the dressing. Combine the lime/lemon juice, ginger, cardamom, and maple syrup in a small bowl and set aside to let the flavors mellow and come together.
  • Julienne the beets, beet greens, apples, and carrots. Place them in a large bowl with the raisins and cilantro.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. (You can also make this ahead of time and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.)
  • Serve topped with a good sprinkle of hemp hearts or sesame seeds and some extra raisins if you like, as they add a nice sweetness.

And there you have it—a delicious and nourishing salad to keep you healthy and well!

This salad tastes better the longer you let it set and the flavors mingle. It’s great for making ahead and storing in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

top down view of healthy detox salad with lime ginger dressing.

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5 from 4 reviews

Detox Salad is a super nutritious and easy salad recipe that’s full of color and delicious!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: Serves 2 – 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 large beet with greens, beet julienned or grated and greens julienned
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins or golden raisins
  • a few tablespoons hemp hearts or sesame seeds, to serve

Ginger Lime Dressing

  • 34 tablespoons lime juice (lemon is fine too)
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, finely grated (i used a microplane)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, or to taste
  • 1/21 teaspoon pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, optional


In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Set aside to let the flavors mellow and come together. Check the dressing for flavor before serving.

Prepare your salad ingredients, using 3 to 4 large beet leaves (about 1 cup lightly packed), and place all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients, and toss to coat. (You can also make this ahead of time and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.)

Serve topped with a good sprinkle of hemp hearts or sesame seeds and some extra raisins if you like as they add a nice sweetness.

Serves 2 large portions or 4 -6 small portions.


If you don’t find beets with the greens, use spinach, dandelion greens, or lacinato kale instead. Use golden beets in place of red beets to keep the color mess to a minimum.

The cardamom is optional. If you don’t use it often, there is no need to buy it just for the salad dressing, although it is delicious. You may find other uses for it either here soon or elsewhere. If you don’t have it, you will still have a great dressing.

This salad tastes better the longer you can let it set and let the flavors mingle. It is a great salad to make in advance and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

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  1. This is a fantastic salad and I felt wonderful after eating it! It was tasty, beautiful and nutrient dense. I still gave it 5 stars even though I needed to tweak the dressing for my taste, as it was a little too tart for me. I also added some kale to the salad and olive oil to the dressing. I will make this recipe again!

  2. Are the beets cooked first? Never had them raw!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      The beets are eaten raw here. They are crunchy like carrots, and earthy flavored. If you’ve never had raw beets, you’re in for a treat!

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe – it is absolutely delicious!

  4. I hate beets and think they taste like soil, but I'm trying to detox my liver so I made this and absolutely loved it. I think the ginger lime dressing really helps tame the soil taste. And cardamom is my favorite spice. People have always tried to convince me that I'd like beets if only I made them a certain way, and I always thought they were crazy–until now. I'm definitely going to put this in heavy rotation. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. This is quite possibly my favorite salad ever. I've taken to calling it "Beet Salad of Love and Earthy Deliciousness" – somehow "Detox Salad" just doesn't seem to do it justice. Thanks so much for this and all of your other recipes!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      I love your title much better! I agree, it's delicious :)

  6. Beets are at the top of my list for adding to salads. I know not everyone enjoys their earthy flavor but I never tire of them!Your salad looks amazing and something I would enjoy. I do keep cardamom on hand as I love it in my chili recipes.

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      They do have an earthy taste. I don't like them alone but love them in salads with sweet flavors to mask it a bit…that is until I become adjusted completely and can eat them as is. They can be an acquired taste can't they. :)

      Thank you! This salad is just delicious in my book. I'll have to try cardamom in chili…never would've thought of that! Cheers :)

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