Seriously Delicious Detox Salad

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

Every Monday night is sushi night around here.

And I look forward to it every single week.  ♡

The tradition began for Barclay and I when we started dating, and found out that we had a mutual love for good nachos and spicy tuna rolls.  I had already determined my favorite two spots for good nachos in Kansas City (here and here).  But he was convinced that his little neighborhood sushi joint had some of the best spicy tuna rolls in town.  And on Monday nights, they were just $4 each.  And — I later realized this was the biggest selling point for Barc — you could walk there from his house.   This fiancé of mine is a European at heart and loves any place that’s walk-able.

Anyway, I’m always down for a good walk and spicy tuna roll as well, so we went out on a sushi date to check it out.  And a year and a half later, we have been back nearly every Monday night since.  :)

He was right — the tuna rolls there are pretty good.  Maybe not the best in the city, but they definitely hit the spot when we’re craving sushi after a long Monday back at work.  And since they’re so dang cheap on special, we’ve kind of gotten in the habit of ordering a ridiculous amount of them, especially when our rotating cast of friends who know that we’re now there every Monday night decide to pop in and join us.  It’s our spicy tuna fest, and we love it.

But to balance out all of that rice and fish, we also always — always — order a few salads with that classic Japanese-restaurant carrot-ginger dressing to begin the meal.  I’m sure many of you have had this dressing before.  It’s ridiculously good, with all of those sweet carrots and ginger, paired with savory rice vinegar and miso and sesame.  The only bummer is that Japanese restaurants usually tend to serve it on boring iceberg lettuce.  So this past week, I whipped up a batch of the dressing homemade, and decided to toss it with some of my favorite greens and veggies as a bit of a “detox salad” for the New Year.

It’s nothing fancy, but I’m telling you, it truly is delicious.  And since so many of you asked about it via my Instagram story on new years, I thought I’d pop in and share the recipe today!

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

I’ve experimented with making different versions of this Carrot-Ginger Dressing for years.  But lately, this combination of ingredients is my fave.  Just toss all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and pulse until smooth.  (And btw, I totally recommend making a double batch so that you can have extra on hand for later in the week!)

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

Then comes the fun part — chop up your salad!

You can really use just about any base ingredients in this salad, including fresh greens, veggies, herbs, etc.  I love a good mix of cabbage and kale and broccoli and carrots, paired with lots of fresh cilantro and green onions for flavor, and toasted almonds for crunch.

You can either chop everything up by hand…

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

…or, my favorite, let your food processor do all of the work.  Up to you.

(Or, you can also save a step and just buy a bag of mixed greens or slaw at the store.  Also works great.)  ;)

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

Once you’re ready to serve the salad, just add in however much of the dressing you’d like…

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

…give everything a good toss…

This detox salad is SERIOUSLY delicious -- made with all sorts of feel-good ingredients, and topped with a tasty Japanese carrot-ginger dressing. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

…and then this gorgeous rainbow of a meal will be yours to enjoy.  :)

It’s fresh, it’s filling, it’s full of great flavor, and it’s made with all sorts of ingredients you can feel great about in the new year.

Enjoy, friends!

Seriously Delicious Detox Salad

This easy Detox Salad truly is delicious! It's made with all sorts of fresh and feel-good greens, and topped with a sweet and zesty Carrot-Ginger Dressing.

Ingredients:

Detox Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups finely-chopped* kale leaves
  • 2 cups finely-chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 cups finely-chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup matchstick (shredded) carrots
  • 1 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 1 avocado, peeled pitted and diced
  • 1 batch Carrot Ginger Dressing (see below)

Carrot-Ginger Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly-chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or safflower or vegetable oil (or any mild-flavored cooking oil)
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or your desired sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon white (shiro) miso
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl, and toss to combine.  Serve immediately.  (Or if you are not going to serve the entire salad in one setting, the salad can be mixed without the dressing and refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 2 days with the dressing refrigerated separately in another sealed container.)

To Make The Carrot-Ginger Dressing:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, and pulse until completely smooth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, and/or add extra honey if you'd like a sweeter dressing.

*I recommend chopping the salad ingredients by adding each to a food processor and pulsing until chopped.  Or, you're also more than welcome to chop them by hand.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog — January 6, 2017 @ 9:54 am (#)

    I made a similar salad back in 2013. This is like an upgraded version of mine – looks so yummy!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  2. Karlie — January 6, 2017 @ 10:19 am (#)

    YUM! I’ve always wanted to make that dressing at home and this salad looks so fresh!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks, Karlie — we hope you can give this a try soon!

  3. Kari — January 6, 2017 @ 11:33 am (#)

    Yum! It looks so healthy!
    Kari

  4. Robin — January 6, 2017 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    Looks yummy! I just don’t particularly care for raw kale! I could probably substitute with baby spinach.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 10:53 am

      We think this would be awesome with baby spinach! We hope you enjoy!

  5. Patricia — January 6, 2017 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    So colourful! I’m allergic to raw carrots, do you think there is a good substitute for the dressing? I could always omit entirely do up another type of vinaigrette, I suppose, but this one looks so good.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks, Patricia — we hope you can give it a try soon! As for the carrots, we wonder if you could do another root vegetable — sweet potato or parsnips maybe?

  6. Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy — January 6, 2017 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Yum! I have always wondered what is in that dressing. Pinning!

  7. Bridget M — January 6, 2017 @ 5:04 pm (#)

    I feel like I should only eat veggies for the next month after the holiday foods (ALL.THE.FOODS.) and this looks like a perfect addition to the line up. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Bridget (and we totally know what you mean) haha! We hope you enjoy this one! :)

  8. Julia @ HappyFoods Tube — January 7, 2017 @ 4:18 am (#)

    Whaat? Carrot ginger dressing? Never heard of it but can’t wait to make it now that I know such thing exists! :) I like your sushi nights :).

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

      Yes, it’s sooooo good! We hope you can give it a try sometime soon! :)

  9. Judie — January 7, 2017 @ 7:27 am (#)

    I love using your recipes, Ali as they’re not complicated nor expensive to make but are tasty & colorful.
    I’m glad that I ran across your site/blog. Thanks again for sharing recipes! Glad to hear of your engagement also.
    Just hope your man will be adventerous in trying new recipes & such. Have a good week, God Bless ( Psalms 100)
    from Judie G. in North Carolina (near Rocky Mount)

  10. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — January 7, 2017 @ 9:26 am (#)

    Love this!!!

  11. Marissa — January 7, 2017 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    I made the dressing this afternoon to go with a salad of romaine, coleslaw mix, and a sliced orange (why yes, I was cleaning out the fridge)… it’s fantastic! I did omit the miso, as I don’t have any, have never used it, and didn’t feel like venturing out in the snow to find some. Even without it, the dressing still tastes great. Thank you for another great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 10:51 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Marissa! 

  12. Monique @ Chew Your Booze — January 7, 2017 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    As soon as I saw the carrot and ginger dressing, I knew it was a winner. I make a smoothie with this combo and it’s sooo good. Digging all those finely chopped greens too. Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Monique — we hope you an give this a try sometime soon! :)

  13. Hallie — January 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    I was in the mood for a super healthy salad tonight and this was perfect.  I didn’t find kale or miso at the grocer on my lunch break here in Luxembourg where it’s hit or miss, so I subbed with extra cabbage and a pinch off a soft boullion cube for extra flavor. For the hubby we threw in some cut-up rotisserie chicken. The dressing is so so yummy. I wanted to lick the bowl and had heaping seconds.  Can’t wait to make it with the kale and miso though.  This is definitely going to be in frequent circulation. This is success 3 out of 3 since stumbling on your blog about 2 weeks ago. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2017 @ 9:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Hallie — we’re so happy you enjoyed this! :)

  14. Lori — January 10, 2017 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    Just whipped up dressing. It’s super thick. Should I use veggie broth to thin? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 10th, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

      Hi Lori! It is a thicker dressing, but definitely feel free to thin it down with veggie broth or water. We hope this helps!

  15. Jana — January 12, 2017 @ 10:43 am (#)

    After the Christmas/New Year craziness I put my body through, I definitely want to make this salad.
    (We’ve been to every restaurant on SW Blvd. numerous times……except El Patron. How did that happen!?!)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you, Jana — we hope you love it! :)

  16. samira tv — January 19, 2017 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    Hi, It’s really wonderful