Since we are on the topic of spring cleaning, I felt it was appropriate to include a recipe that spring cleans your organs. Bitter greens like kale and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts enhance the liver’s ability to detoxify, which is it’s primary function. Supporting our detoxification pathways through diet ensures that we are removing wastes effectively, leading to improved digestive, skin, and hormonal health. This salad has about 50 shades of green which screams spring (and healthy)! This recipe calls for a pre-chopped kale slaw which makes it quick and easy to put together. You can find kale slaw at regular grocery stores near the boxed salad greens. This can be eaten as is, as a side dish, or topped with your choice a protein for a more substantial meal. It serves 2-4 depending on the size of your portion and if you are having it with something else.
Green Brassica Slaw
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
- 5 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp raw/unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
- 1 small package kale slaw
- 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted almonds, chopped
- 1-2 avocados, quartered lengthwise
- Small handful of parsley leaves, left whole
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450F. Toss broccoli with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, and spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, flipping once, about 10-15 minutes until deeply browned. Let cool.
Whisk together the remaining 4 tbsp olive oil, shallot, vinegar, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Add kale slaw and toss to coat evenly. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Add roasted broccoli, almonds, and parsley leaves to slaw and toss again. Divide slaw between plates and top with 1/2 an avocado (2 quarters) on each. Serve as is or with a protein of choice.
Dr. Bianca Drennan ND, provides nutritional consulting and naturopathic medicine services at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments four days a week. If you would like to detoxify and trim your body, improve your lifestyle or address certain health concerns please call us at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request to arrange your initial appointment. The naturopathic appointments are covered by most employee benefits.