holiday detox salad: shaved brussels, kale, cabbage, & broccoli with currants & toasted pumpkin seeds

Thanksgiving is behind us already. Can you believe it? I certainly cannot. You know what that means, right?

Only a few more weeks to finish your holiday shopping. 
32 days until 2013.
4 more weeks of fabulous holiday music.
3 more weeks until we cannot stand the sound of holiday music.
6 months until my wedding.

Wasn’t it just summer … yesterday? Didn't I just graduate college ... last week? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. 

You know what else is coming up?

Lots of holiday parties.
Lots of pigs in blankets and cookies in the shape of Christmas trees.
Lots of holiday meals with lots of butter and salt and sugar.

Bring it on … ‘tis the season!

I have a suggestion, though.  How about during your “off” days when you have no party to attend and you are relaxing at home with your husband, boyfriend, cat, daughter, son, roommate, who have you, take a break from the holiday feasting.

Have a detox day (or two). You know those. They usually fall the day after you ate one too many pieces of pie and drank one too many candy cane martinis. You swear off overindulgance for life … or at least until the next party.  

And on those detox days, eat this salad. 

Or better yet, eat this salad all the time. You're going to want to.

This salad has incredible detox properties and it is jam packed with vitamins and minerals. Eating kale, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts raw means you'll reap the additional nutritional benefits from these fabulous veggies. Raw almost always means more nutritional bang for your buck. 

This salad will give you that little extra boost that everyone can use this time of year. It might even help keep you sane when you're doing last minute shopping in a crowded mall, but don't hold me to that ;).

holiday detox salad: shaved brussels, kale, broccoli, & cabbage with currants & toasted pumpkin seeds



For the dressing:

2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (fig balsamic works great if you have it handy)
1 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper (to taste)

For the pumpkin seeds:

1/3 cup of pepitas (de-shelled pumpkin seeds)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt & pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne (optional)

For the salad:

1 ½ cups of brussels sprouts, shredded (about 4-5 sprouts)
1 ½ cups of kale (preferably Lacinato), shredded (about 4-5 leaves)
1 cup of purple cabbage, shredded (about 3-4 leaves)
1 cup of broccoli floret tops, shredded (about 4-5 pieces of broccoli)
1/2 cup of currants 

Optional add-ins: wheat berries, quinoa, raisins, cranberries, etc. 


Start with making the toasted pumpkin seeds:

  • Preheat the oven to 250º
  • Place the seeds on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Toss the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if you’re using) and spread them out evenly across the pan.  Place the seeds in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.  Remove and allow them to cool.

Then make the dressing:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the mustards, balsamic, and lemon juice. Then, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until it is emulsified. Give it a taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly. Set aside until your salad is ready.

Lastly, chop and assemble the salad:

  • Chop all of your ingredients and place them in a large salad bowl along with the currants.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, mash the pumpkin seeds. Toss the pumpkin seeds in with your salad. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss really well to combine.  Taste and adjust to your liking. Sometime I add a splash more vinegar, olive oil, or fresh cracked pepper depending on the taste. Eat immediately after adding the dressing.