Monday, April 23, 2012

Cabbage Salad with Sesame Dressing

This salad is great to help detox the liver. Think of your liver like an oil filter in a car… your liver filters everything you put into your body and it, just like a car, needs to be cleaned out once in a while if you want to keep running smoothly.

Cabbage Salad
·         Shredded Cabbage, Green and Purple
·         2-3 Grated Carrots
·         Small broccoli head, Chopped
·         Small or ½ a cauliflower, Chopped
·         Red Onion, thin sliced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp raw honey
·         Sesame seeds, black and white
·         Sunflower seeds
·         Pepitas- pumpkin seeds
·         Chia  seeds

To make this salad I use my food processor to shred the cabbage, grate the carrot and chop the broccoli and cauliflower. You want the salad to look like coleslaw with small chunks of broccoli and cauliflower in it.  Put all salad ingredients into a bowl and toss. To make dressing, put all ingredients into a glass jar or salad dressing shaker and shake to blend.
Now you can do one of two things…
1.     Pour dressing over the entire salad (if you made a large bowl, you may need to make extra dressing) and toss to coat. I like to use a covered bowl to shake the dressing on the salad, or
2.    Put salad into individual bowls and pour dressing onto salad.

Top each salad with the toppings, there is no measurement for this, just add what your heart, or liver in this case desires. Enjoy! 

This salad can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days.  You can also purchase pre made coleslaw mix with broccoli in it, but try to use a good quality organic mix. Remember this is a detox salad, so you want to avoid the chemicals they spray on conventional foods.
The salad helps the liver excrete the toxins into your bile, the roughage from the salad then helps to scrape the sides of the intestines to remove excess waste and the topping, especially the chia seeds help ‘grab’ onto the toxins and safely remove them from your body before they can be reabsorbed into the blood stream.

WARNING- this salad may cause gas and increase visits to the bathroom, this is a good thing. Toxins are supposed to be removed through your bile.

Chia Seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and form a gelatinous texture when mixed with liquid which is needed to ‘grab’ onto the toxins for removal. Aloe Vera is also another good toxin remover.

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