Summer Detox Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

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Prep Time
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Total Time
15 mins

This super healthy Summer Detox Salad is filled with kale, broccoli, fresh berries and almonds. It’s topped with a “lick your plate” worthy citrus basil vinaigrette for the ultimate summer side dish! 

Healthy Summer Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

That moment your husband makes dinner, gives you just a tease of taste, and your mouth drops in amazement!

Yup, that happened to me the other day … actually on Mothers Day to be exact!

Fresh kale and Detox Summer Salad ingredients in a mixing bowl

Mike asked me what I wanted for Mothers Day and I said, “all I want is a dinner cooked by my two main men … daddy and Cason.”  —–> so that is what he did.

Him and Cason watched an episode of Bobby Flay (because they know he is my favorite) went out, purchased all the ingredients, and made me dinner!

Close-up of Summer Detox Salad ingredients in a mixing bowl

It was absolutely amazing! He made Fish Tacos with a Napa Cabbage Slaw and a Roasted Tomato Crema that was to die for! He may have set the new standard for fish tacos in this house!

While he was making all the deliciousness he let me try the first piece of his dish… this Citrus Basil Vinaigrette.

He came up to me, sauce on his finger and said “what do you think?”

Top view of Summer Detox Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette in a bowl

Ya’ll I cannot describe the intense shock that was on my face. I tried to hide it .. but I couldn’t. This sauce was absolutely amazing… I KNEW I had to make it again … and guess what. It is the dressing the accompanies this Detox Summer Salad!

SOOOO… even if you don’t like kale … broccoli or anything else in this salad … the dressing will make it all worth while!

Although, call me biased, but I think you’re gonna like the salad too. 🙂

Summer Detox Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette in a bowl

Tips for Making This Summer Detox Salad

The key to a good kale salad is to massage the leaves before you eat them. What do I mean by that?

Well, sprinkle a little bit of course sea salt on the already torn leaves and start rubbing them together. You will notice that they will start to turn more of a forest green color AND become more fragrant. That’s when you know you’re done.

Massaged kale still has a bit of a bite, but definitely not as much if it were straight off the stalk.

I love kale salad because it holds it form … it doesn’t wilt under the “dressing” pressure. 🙂 This Detox Summer Salad is filled with all kinds of goodies! Hearty Kale, fiber packed Broccoli, sweet Strawberries, Blueberries loaded with antioxidants, and crunchy Almonds. Basically you’re gonna be a walking vitamin if you eat this salad … best part is this Salad is DELICIOUS!!!

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!

Bon Appetit my friends!

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Summer Detox Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 15 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Food Processor
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This super healthy Summer Detox Salad is filled with kale, broccoli, fresh berries and almonds. It’s topped with a “lick your plate” worthy citrus basil vinaigrette for the ultimate summer side dish!

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of kale leaves, massaged
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 granny smith apple, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Citrus Basil Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Instructions

  1. In a small food processor add lemon juice, orange juice, dijon mustard, basil leaves, pepper, and canola oil. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add, kale, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, apples, green onions, and almonds.
  3. Serve salad with dressing on the side.

Notes

Citrus Basil Vinaigrette from Bobby Flay

Keywords: citrus vinaigrette, basil vinaigrette, summer salad, summer salad recipe, best summer salad, easy summer salad, healthy salad, healthy salad recipe, best salad recipe

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    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
      Krista

      Yup, sure are. That is so weird. I remembering type it in, I guess the computer just decided not to save it. I just updated it Tina! Thanks for the catch!

  1. Trish Pines

    I’m going to make this on Sunday. It looks like the perfect Summer salad. What does “massaged” mean – referring to the kale? Thanks! Trish Pines

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
      Krista

      Awesome Trish! For the kale, you’re basically putting the leaves in your hands and rubbing them to break down the “toughness” of it a bit. The color of the leaves will turn forest green and they will start to become fragrant, that’s how you know your on the right track.

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