Detoxifying Recipe: Roasted Red Beet & Fennel Salad

Looking for a healthy detoxifying recipe for your detox diet? Try this delicious and nutritious salad!

The start of a new year, with all it’s health-related resolutions, is a time when many of us decide to try a cleanse, or a detox diet. Some of these can be great ways to help your body get rid of lingering nasty toxins, and start fresh with a clean slate of health for the year ahead.

In case you were wondering, a detox diet doesn’t mean you have to only eat cabbage soup, or drink spinach smoothies for days on end! It simply means eliminating foods that contain toxins or are difficult for your body to process. By temporarily getting rid of these stressors, your body is more easily able to cope with eliminating all of the crud that it is bombarded with on a daily basis – especially if we’ve been consuming a SAD (Standard American Diet)….

If you’re looking for delicious detoxifying recipe to add to your cleanse diet, or simply a tasty recipe to make any time with many great nutritional benefits, try this delicious Roasted Beet & Fennel Salad! It’s a perfect winter salad, and you can enjoy it with your choice of clean, healthy protein for a complete meal.

The ingredients in this salad help your body cleanse and detoxify in the following ways:

Beets: Beets are a high-antioxidant and phytonutrient rich root vegetable that tones the liver, purifies the blood and cleans out toxins to keep both the liver and gall bladder running smoothly.

Fennel: Fennel has a strong anti-oxidant and phytonutrient base making it a powerhouse among healing foods, but its most intriguing phytonutrient is called anethole. This compound has been repeatedly shown to reduce inflammation and prevent liver cancer….

Olive Oil: Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flaxseed aid the cleansing process by providing a lipid base that can soak up harmful toxins in the body and ease the burden on the liver.

Greens: One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver includes leafy greens. They are extremely high in plant chlorophylls that sponge up environmental toxins from the blood stream. They have the incredible ability to neutralize damage from heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, proving to be a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Walnuts: Walnuts are high in amino acids that aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia, as well as glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions.

Citrus: Citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.

Just think of all the detoxifying benefits you’ll get in one meal.

Roasted Red Beet & Fennel Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 20-25 minutes | Yield: 4 servings

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 roasted beets (can be purchased ready-to-go at whole foods or see below)
  • 1 ½ tsps olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 4 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw local honey
  • 1 grated orange rind
  • 2 tbsps fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsps fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 2 tsps Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Get the Directions for Preparation here

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