If you’re looking for a low carb, detoxifying salad that’s filled with yummy herbs, plant-based protein and healthy fats from avocado and nuts and seeds, you’re in the right place!
I featured this recipe over on my 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge because it’s a great way to kick off your week!
This Kickstart Detox Salad comes from my brand new plant based recipe book called Greens & Things and it’s perfect for the 17 Day Kickstart Diet.
If you happen to be on the 17 Day Diet, this salad is for you, too! Keep reading as I’ll give you a few minor changes to make this 100% compliant for certain phases/cycles.
Kickstart Detox Salad Ingredients
This Kickstart Detox Salad has a few, but mighty ingredients.
It’s packed with plant-based protein such as quinoa and brain boosting, healthy fats such as avocado and nuts and seeds.
Here’s a quick rundown of the ingredients you’ll need:
- cooked quinoa
- red onion
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- seeds and nuts
Which Phase of the Kickstart Diet is This Approved For?
This Kickstart Detox Salad is perfect for all phases of the 17 Day Kickstart Diet.
You may enjoy this salad as-is during the 10 Day Stabilize Phase.
If you want to make this for an earlier phase, you’ll simply omit the nuts and use only seeds during either the 3 Day Scrub or 4 Day Soak Up Phases.
Which Cycle of the 17 Day Diet is This Approved For?
Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet is the cycle when you’ll be able to dig into this Kickstart Detox Salad.
If you want to use this in an earlier cycle, such as cycle 2, you can make a few changes (such as omitting avocado, zucchini and the nuts/seeds), but then you have a totally different salad!
And a different salad is just fine, too!
What Substitutions Can Be Used in The Kickstart Detox Salad?
If you’re not a fan of some of the ingredients, feel free to switch things up!
For instance, if you’d rather munch on lettuce rather than parsley, then choose your favorite greens instead!
If you don’t like quinoa (as I know it’s hit or miss with some), choose your favorite plant-based complete proteins.
Here are a few examples of complete proteins:
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
There are also other plant-based proteins that are not “complete”, but do provide a good amount of protein.
Here are a few examples direct from the 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List:
- Black Beans
If you want to add your favorite animal protein, consider the following:
- White Fish (any low-mercury type)
- Lean Chicken
If you’re on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, all of the animal based proteins mentioned above are approved for all phases of the diet!
Even though the Kickstart Diet is a “plant forward” way of eating, it’s not a vegetarian diet. Animal proteins are fine to use, but make sure you check the food list to make sure which animal proteins are approved for each phase.
If you’re on the 17 Day Diet, then you’ll know that all of these are appropriate for all cycles.
Other Plant Based Recipes
If you want to add more plant based recipes to your meal rotation, consider the following:
- Chickpea Sweet Potato & Spinach Curry
- Roasted Tomato & Barley Soup
- Banana Protein “Nice” Cream
- Breakfast Chia Pudding
- 90 Second Low Carb Keto Bread
- Homemade Almond Milk
- Healthy Homemade Granola
- Roasted Acorn Squash
- Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl
Salad Recipes With Animal or Fish Based Protein
If you’re not 100% vegan or vegetarian and you do eat chicken, fish, cheese or eggs, here are a few other low carb salad recipes you may want to try:
- Tuna and Egg Salad (mayo-free and yummy)
- Keto Egg Salad
- Salmon Avocado Salsa Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt
- Cool Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette
- Chicken Caesar Kebabs
- Grown-up Tuna Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing
- Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad
- Peach Caprese Salad for the 17 Day Diet
- Summer Slaw with Apples
Other Detox Meal Plans with Recipes
If you’re looking for other types of detox recipes, you can take a peek at these meal plans that have yummy detoxifying recipes to help you lose weight:
- 1 Day Detox Cleanse Meal Plan
- 3 Day Detox Meal Plan for Weight Loss
- New Year’s Detox Plan to Jumpstart your Weight Loss
- Post-Thanksgiving Detox Plan for the 17 Day Diet
- 2-Day Post Holiday Detox with Meal Plan
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Kickstart Detox Salad
Loaded with plant-based protein and healthy fats, this Kickstart Detox Salad is a perfect way to start your afternoon!
- 2 bunches parsley, roughly chopped, around 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 avocado, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cucumber, cut into cubes
- 1/2 zucchini, cut into cubes
- 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp. mixed seeds and nuts, to garnish
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- In a medium bowl, add parsley, avocado, quinoa,
cucumber, zucchini, and onion and toss to combine.
- Drizzle with olive oil and lemon, season with salt and
pepper, then mix to combine and serve sprinkled with
nuts and seeds.
Kickstart Diet - All Phases (omit nuts on Scrub and Soak Up Phases)
17 Day Diet - Cycle 3
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