Detox Diet anyone? It’ll be so much easier done with this super delicious Chopped Salad with Almond Butter Dressing that will curb your cravings and leave you feeling satisfied.
You know…I’ve been feeling a little sluggish lately.
Actually, more than a little.
I’m not exactly feeling sick, just a little tired. And sleepy.
And well, sluggish. That’s the only way I can describe it. Kind of low-energy and slow.
Maybe I’ve had too much of the Amish shoo-fly pies and corn nuggets. As you know, I recently made back-to-back trips to visit the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
But, hey, don’t blame me, those pies and corn nuggets are extremely delicious and addicting! Anybody got a good recipe for them? I need to know how to make them myself at home.
First, though, I need to go on a Detox Diet. To gain back my energy. To boost my metabolism. To spring cleanse my body.
Okay, I’m just kidding. I don’t actually know what Detox means. Or what Diet means. I just want to eat healthy for a while, that’s all.
Okay, to be honest, I just feel like eating a big bowl of salad, that’s all.
Don’t you feel like that sometimes? You know, when the idea of eating a full complete meal seems overwhelming?
No?! Okay, I understand. My own husband feels the same way. He doesn’t understand how it can be overwhelming to eat a square meal of a chunk of meat, a big helping of rice or potatoes, and a sprig of broccoli.
He calls that a balanced meal. Oh yeah, sure. A sprig of broccoli?! I don’t think so!
My salad here is more of a balanced meal, even if he won’t consider it a full meal.
It has everything your body needs.
Protein, check. Carbs, check. Fats, check. Vitamins, check. Minerals, check. All the good kinds. Isn’t that what a balanced meal is supposed to be?
And despite the fact that it’s such a healthy salad filled with ingredients that can help detoxify your body, it’s truly delicious in a very satisfying way.
It starts out with these nutrient-dense vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, in the raw. All considered detox diet foods.
But, of course your kids and husband won’t eat them in that state. That’s why you break them up into smithereens.
So they won’t know what they’re eating.
Plus, if you do it that way, there won’t be any need to massage your raw kale with oil or any other extra step to get it more palatable. Tiny pieces of raw veggies are more kid and husband-friendly, trust me!
And then you can camouflage the greenness with the more colorful and sweeter vegetables, like carrots, sweet peppers, tomatoes, radishes, sweet onions, etc.
And all of a sudden, et voilà! Your kids and husband will eat this!
- 2 cups cauliflower florets, broken into small pieces
- 2 cups broccoli florets, broken into small pieces
- 2 cups kale leaves, torn into pieces
- 1 large carrot
- 1 cucumber
- 1 small red onion
- 1 small sweet pepper
- 5 small red radishes
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced or several grape tomatoes
- Whole roasted almond, chopped (optional)
- Cooked chicken, chopped (optional)
- ⅓ cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, grated or finely minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Finely chop cauliflower, broccoli, and kale leaves, either by hand or in a food processor. Set aside. This is the base of your salad.
- Finely chop or shred carrot, cucumber, onion, sweet pepper, and radishes (You can use any vegetables of your choice). Add to the salad base.
- Tomatoes are best chopped separately since they tend to release too much liquid. If using Roma or slicing tomatoes, remove seeds first.
- Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Gently toss vegetables with the dressing. Top with optional almond and chicken
This looks so wonderful, Angie! I am feeling the exact same way you are right now. And I would love to eat this whether I was detoxing or not. I love the texture and color of it. The dressing sounds so good, too. Saving this to make soon! Thank you!
Thanks, Shari! This is the kind of food you can eat a lot of, because it’s yummy, and not feel guilty after. And it doesn’t make you feel all bloated since it’s low carb ? Let me know what you think! XOXO
Sounds like me – tired and just don’t have that “get up and go”. Breaking all of the ingredients into smithereens is a terrific idea even for me! Love the dressing 🙂
Makes it easier to eat when everything is in tiny pieces, especially for raw kale ? Plus I found it satisfying to break things into smithereens! ??
I am not a big fan of kale and this would be a good way for me to eat it! It’s a good recipe 🙂
This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks so much! Let me know what you think!
Norma Chang says
I have been low energy lately and I blame it on the yoyo-ing weather. This salad is so pretty and healthy would enjoy any time. I too love the dressing.
The weather is definitely partly to blame, I agree. It’s a challenge to stay active in this condition! But since the weather is beyond our control, we can at least control our diet ?
Absolutely fantatsic salad Angie!
I hope you feel better soon! ❤️
Thanks, Sonal! I’m hoping once the warm weather stays, I’ll start feeling energized ?
Yummmm, give me a big bowl of that dressing and a spoon, and I’ll be good to go 🙂 Actually I just bought almond butter from Trader Joe’s for the very first time, so I’ll put this healthy, delicious salad to the test. I think it is just in time for the warmer weather (if it ever gets here to stay).
Let me know what you think. I think you can also use the sauce on grilled meat, etc. Maybe add spices like cumin, coriander, etc. I think it’ll be wonderful. If you like peanut butter as much as I do, you’ll love almond butter! ??
Johanne Lamarche says
Feeling quite the same so will have to try this delicious/ingenious/miraculous(??) dressing too!
I think it’s the weather that gets us feeling like this. So we can at least control what we eat, right?! ?
Gerard Villanueva says
Hi Angie, I’m sure you’ve been looking at shoofly pie recipes online. I just so happen to have “The Amish Cook’s Baking Book” which has a recipe for it. It’s a very nice book if you can get your hands on it.(B&N, Amazon). May I suggest that while you are browsing around at all the Amish cookbooks, listen to Dinah Shore or Bing Crosby sing “Shoofly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” on youtube. “Swing” can get contagious! I’m not sure what the Amish would say about it though.
LOL!! I’m not sure the Amish would approve ?? That’s too funny. But I’m going to look up that book. Or better yet, maybe you can share the recipe with us ?
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
You’re hilarious! My husband thinks a slab of meat on a plate is all anyone needs. I’ve been feeling the same way and need to detox or what ever we want to call it or maybe just put the fork down? This salad looks delicious. I love this kind of food regardless of the reason why. I do want to see a shoofly pie though even though I don’t know what it really is.
I’m not sure what goes into shoo fly pies, either, but I can tell you it’s absolutely delicious! I might attempt it if it’s not too hard ? And I hear you about the husband situation. Mine just texted me to tell me he’ll be bringing home t-bone steaks. I guess I’ll be making steaks for dinner. There goes my detox! ??
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
Ha! What a way to go!!! ??
Elaine @ foodbod says
It all sounds lovely to me, that’s my daily kind of food ?? I love the dressing recipe especially! X
The dressing has potential, I think. I can see it on grilled vegetables or even meat. I think it’ll taste great. Will have to experiment ?
Elaine @ foodbod says
Cool, I’ve made similar things and eaten it with anything and everything!
This salad looks like just what I need! I have been feeling really sluggish lately too, and need a jump start. I like the way you made the salad kid and husband-friendly. 🙂
I have to, Jenny ? They can be very picky eaters. It’s a challenge to make meals that satisfy everyone. Fortunately, this one was pretty much accepted by all ?
What a wonderful salad Angie! I love the idea of an almond butter dressing. I have had peanut based, but never almond. I also love the combination of veggies. Just a great and I agree, very balanced meal.
Thanks, Antonia! You can definitely substitute peanut butter for the almond. They’re similar in taste. Supposedly almond is slightly healthier, that’s all. ?
Lol, that’s so true, isn’t it, about the disguising! I’m with you all the way but it’s my folks that always want the big meat meals – and ever since I’ve been helping them out, my food’s been all out of whack. Meat and Dessert, Carbs and Dessert, Dessert and Carbs. Well I’m making this and that salad sounds lovely!!
If it’s not your kids it’s your parents! Although with my mom, it’s the opposite. She’s the one who is into healthy stuff. Whole grain, low sugar, etc. The last time she came to visit, she put chia seeds in my coffee!!
Gosh if a salad looks that good, I think I can convince a few naysayers here 😀 Happy detoxing Angie xx
What detoxing? It lasted 1 day! My husband brought home thick fat T-bone steaks for dinner the next day! ?
Just checking here to make sure that you are getting my emails? I sent the email 3 times since yesterday about the highlight from last week FF!!
Hope you are keeping well!
No, I didn’t get it. I also had trouble sending you emails. I had to resend a few times. But hey, don’t worry, the post is done and is scheduled to be published in an hour or so. I can always edit it and include your selection(s) later.
I wonder why since I sent my first email on Wednesday morning… And then I received 2 emails from you reminding me later…and I sent again…
Anyways… I hope you are feeling better
I’m much better since it’s Friday ? Now if only I can get away from work, lol. Anyway, not sure what’s going on with the emails. But no worries, Sonal, I’m happy with the post and ready to party! XOXO
This looks so yummy! Even though I have to admit EVERY time I tried to do a detox diet – or an any kind of diet – I miserably failed!!!
I hear you! There are way too many distractions! And my own husband always ends up sabotaging my diet ?
Hahaha! Yup same here!
Monika Dabrowski says
This salad looks so pretty and i love the dressing. Pinned!
Thanks so much! I’ve forgotten how good it was, it’s time to make it again, especially since I have kale growing in the garden.