Spicy Detox Salad

January 7th, 2014 at 6:06 am

Spicy Detox Salad (Daily Bites)

Okay. I seriously try not to talk too much about the weather on my blog (especially when it comes to complaining about winter), but I’m breaking the rules today.

In my several decades of life on this planet, I’ve never experienced a cold snap quite like the one we’re having right now. By the time this post hits the web-waves tomorrow, it will probably be about -18 degrees here…and that’s the REAL temp, not the wind chill.

Somebody bake me a comfort cake. I think I just shed a tear.

I can appreciate a quiet winter snowfall, a crisp January day with bright sunshine, an afternoon of ice skating, or a cozy evening by the fire as the winter wind rattles the windows. But -18 degrees? For real? (When I initially read the forecast a week ago, I thought—hoped, prayed, pleaded—that it was a typo. Nada.)

Subzero temps did exactly what I thought they would do to me. They’ve robbed my joy with their icy fingers and frozen my desire to do anything other than sit inside and wish it was spring! But have you ever heard the saying that life is 10% circumstance and 90% response? I definitely felt my “90% response” kick in this weekend as I prepared for the polar vortex to make its descent.

As I sat around commiserating and complaining to myself, I realized that my response was totally setting me up for a negative start to the week. I’ve since rearranged my attitude and while I’m still not pumped on the historic arctic blast that hasn’t been seen here in decades, I’m now viewing it as just that: historic! It’ll be over before I know it and spring is just around the corner. Sort of.

Spicy Detox Salad (Daily Bites)

So let’s focus on salad, shall we?

I whipped up this beauty last week when I felt the need for a little detoxing but also wanted some heat. Enter: garlic and ginger! These immune all-stars are the perfect flavoring agents for salads this time of year because they heat us up from the inside out, revving the metabolism and giving our circulation that extra kick. I also added tahini to the dressing for a hint of smoky flavor and some underlying creaminess. (It also tempers the heat of the garlic and ginger a tad.)

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Stay warm and enjoy getting your detox on with this new salad!

Spicy Detox Salad (Daily Bites)



Spicy Detox Salad

Yield: Serves 4

This super healthy detoxifying salad gets bold and spicy flavor from a dynamic duo of ginger and garlic, with lemon zest added for even more kick!


For the salad:

4 cups finely chopped kale

2 cups finely chopped broccoli florets

2 medium carrots, shredded

2 medium celery stalks, peeled and finely chopped

1/4 cup dried currants

For the dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed butter) or cashew butter

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Sea salt, to taste


In a large bowl, combine the kale, broccoli, carrots, celery, and currants. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, tahini, maple syrup, olive oil, ginger, garlic, and lemon zest until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt.

Let the salad stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.



  1. Sounds like a great salad, Hallie! All the things I love. Thanks for sharing. This will help kick my first-stages-of-a-cold in the butt. Cheers!

  2. DEFINITELY on my menu for this weekend!!!! As a transplant to south Georgia from Ohio, I am actually loving the cold weather here. We are not at -18 though so that is a different story. Stay warm!

  3. Dear Hallie, Believe it or not, I’m actually envious of you being over there in the cold – although the freezing that’s currently happening IS super dangerous if you haven’t got a great house with good heating. I live in Lismore, NSW, Australia, and this week is ok but last week we were having 40 degree plus days aaaaahhhhh! Plus this area has mid to high levels of humidity urgh. I grew up in Perth, Western Australia, which has a dry heat, much easier to live with.
    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration of the salad, esp the currants. We’re eating lots of salad at the moment so some variety is welcomed.
    I hope you can continue to appreciate the experience and the history you are living through right now and of course you will take good warm care of you and yours.
    with love, Marian

  4. Here in Alberta, Canada, we have had quite a few days of -30, plus a windchill. It’s COLD!!! I wish for -18! Or the ability to move somewhere warmer :-)

  5. Tracy Burns said on January 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    They are calling for -31 overnight here in Québec city. After over 30 years of living here, I am used to these frigid spells. Usually they only last a few days. A few years ago it was another story; temperatures in the -30’s and worse for periods of a week or more at a time. One evening after work the heating system in my 2-year-old car simply wouldn’t work! This salad will be a delight to have during thsi cold snap. Thanks, Hallie!

  6. You are the queen of kale Hallie! I love the addition of broccoli and the blend of tahini with maple.

  7. Mmmm, love that dressing! Right up my alley. And I have to agree with Alisa, you’re the Queen of Kale!

  8. This is the best salad ever! I’ve made it 4x in the past 4 days! I made a small batch of the dressing first and loved it so I have a big jar of it in the fridge! I omit celery but add toasted nuts. last night, added dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds. So yummy!

  9. I just made this today. It’s definitely going into regular rotation. So good.

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