Salad without dressing can still taste great!

As a chiropractor and health educator, nutrition topics often come up in my practice. One common concern is cleansing. During a detox or cleansing program, there can be many food restrictions. This does not mean the food has to be bland or unappealing. I love the

Greek salad

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following recipe for a healthy and delicious salad . You can have it without any dressing if you are on a very restricted cleansing or detox program. Or, you can also choose to add your favourite home-made dressing.

Salad Recipe:

  • Arugula
  • 4-6 Olives (black or green): sliced into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/3 of one English cucumber: sliced very thinly. This will make the salad have more juice and be less dry.
  • 5-6 small sweet tomatoes: sliced into halves. This will allow their sweetness to come out.
  • Italian parsley: It combats scurvy and intestinal problems, stimulates the appetite, and aids digestion. It also freshens breath.
  • Blueberries: to add some good antioxidants.
  • 2 kiwi: also sliced very thinly. This will add lots of taste and juice to the salad (Kiwi is a very alkaline-forming  fruit, which is great for the body)
  • Beet: this will give extra sweetness and juice


Commercial dressing tends to have preservatives and too much sodium, despite being advertised as low-calorie or reduced fat.

Home-made dressing: There are many recipes out there. Your dressing doesn’t always have to be olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I have added some suggestions below. You can certainly mix up a few types of oil together in your home-made dressing.

  • flax seed oil, pumpkin seed, coconut oil, Udos oil,
  • lemon juice

Benefits of a detoxification and cleansing program:

  • detox and cleanse the GI tract including the liver
  • balancing pH
  • reset the taste buds
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