High Performance Recipe: Chopped Detox Salad

WRITTEN BY: Sports Medicine
Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Gary Roberts, from UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, recommends starting each day with juice from 1/2 a lemon in room temperature water. This aids in detoxification, assists in healthy digestion, alkalizes the body and boosts the immune system. To continue the detox process, check out this great recipe for a healthy lunch salad!

Chopped Detox Salad (serves 5-6)


  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 cups red cabbage
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

Lemon Detox Dressing

  • 5 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. In a food processor, shred broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, onion and parsley (you might have to do this in a couple of increments depending on the size of your food processor. You can also chop finely by hand if you do not have a food processor.)
  2. Pour the chopped mixture into a large bowl and then fold in hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds.
  3. In a blender or small food processor, blend all dressing ingredients until mixed.
  4. Pour dressing on top of salad if serving right away. If not, keep separate so the salad doesn’t go soggy.


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