Zesty Detox Salad

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While I hate to be a part of the hype that the word “detox” inspires, it doesn’t hurt to provide our bodies with an abundant source of nutrients to continue to perform this essential function. Detoxification is a nutrient-dependent process — if we don’t provide our bodies what it needs to get the job done, this process suffers. Lucky for us, the Autoimmune Protocol supplies in great quantities the proteins and other nutrients needed for healthy detoxification!

In this salad, I’ve included lots of raw greens for folate to support methylation, beets for betaine, garlic and broccoli for sulphur, and an assortment of herbs and micro-greens to provide an antioxidant-rich punch. It is a fantastic way to love your liver, or just get a good dose of vegetables on your plate!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Zesty Detox Salad
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Serves: 4
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup tightly packed)
  • 1 bunch watercress, chopped (about 1 cup tightly packed)
  • 2 cups microgreens (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 small or 1 large head of broccoli, finely chopped
  • 2 small of 1 large beet, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  1. Combine the cilantro, watercress, microgreens, broccoli, and beets in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Place the olive oil, lemon juice, anchovies, and garlic in a blender and blend for 30 seconds or until fully combined.
  3. Toss the dressing with the salad and add the avocado.
Note: If you are preparing this salad for later, keep the greens and dressing separate and add avocado fresh. Keeps for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Susan says

    What are microgreens?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Susan,
      Microgreens are the small sprouted greens of certain plants, like broccoli. You can usually find them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store by the bagged lettuce.

  • Shealynn Oliveira says

    This looks incredible! I’m always drawn to an AIP recipe that has a form of sauce to it. Can’t wait to try this out.

    • Tracy says

      Looks amazing! but then everything I’ve tried from this site is! The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook is my favorite AIP resource for cooking.

    • Karen says

      Is it two small slices of beets?

  • Kristin says

    Can you use sardines instead? I’ve never actually had anchovies, but I use sardines frequently! Wonder if the taste is about the same?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      The taste isn’t the same – anchovy is much saltier and more pungent. Also, sardines are huge compared to anchovies. In a pinch, you could cut up a piece of sardine and use it, but I bet it wouldn’t be as flavorful!

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  • Tristan says

    Hello! Should the beets be raw? I’ve only used shredded beets raw in salads, not in 1/2″ cubes. Thanks!

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  • Monica Stahl says

    I have been looking everywhere to find out if I can have sunflower sprouts on AIP. Are they considered microgreens? I wouldn’t be eating the sprout with the seed attached, I know I can’t have nuts and seeds, I just want the greens! Wondering if you might have an answer.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Monica! The greens are fine but you will want to avoid the seed in the elimination phase. Hope it helps!

  • Trish says

    Thanks for the great recipe! Are all microgreens okay for AIP? What about pea shoots? I just recently started to grow microgreens and wonder if there are some to be avoided. Thanks so much for your help!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Trish! Microgreens are OK, but you should be cautious with pea shoots as they sometimes still have the seed attached, which is avoided during the elimination phase. Hope it helps!

      • Jessica Kesler says

        When you saw “seed” – I think you’re actually talking about the hull, right? The seed is the actaul plant – meaning it’s leaves are the Cotyledons which is technically part of the seed itself. As someone who is on AIP, I do eat the green seed, but not the hull or shell part of the plant.

  • Leslie says

    Any recommendation to do this without the anchovy? A replacement, or just omit? Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Leslie! Yes, you can simply leave it out. It won’t have as much umami flavor, but the dressing will still be good. 🙂

  • Janice Hagstrom says

    I was so excited by this salad – normally I have chopped salads for lunch, just meal kits from the produce section, but this way it’s compliant! The veggie mix is great, although I did not remember to buy watercress, so I used red chard instead. My one disappointment is that my salads ended up super bitter. I had to increase the amount of lemon juice to one whole lemon, and I’ve added cranberry to one and bacon to another. I think I’d therefore caution that extra virgin olive oil is may be too strong a flavor for this dressing.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Janice! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I definitely think adding additional lemon and cranberry could increase the bitterness of the flavor. I might suggest apple chunks instead.

  • Sherrie Au says

    I just happened to have all these ingredients except anchovies on hand today so I made this for lunch and WOW! I loved it! Love it! I’m going to stop at the store on the way home and get anchovies and have it again for dinner. It will be even better because I really like anochivies. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Sherrie, awesome to hear! I think you’ll really enjoy the umami kick the anchovies add.

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