A Light Meal: Clean Spring Salad Recipe

Clean Spring Salad Recipe


  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 organic Gala apple with skin, chopped or sliced
  • 1 organic Granny Smith apple with skin, chopped or sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • small handful of basil
  • 14-oz. can pre-cut hearts of palm, drained
  • 8-oz. package steamed baby beets, sliced
  • ¼ white onion, diced
  • Himalayan pink salt or sea salt to taste
  • ground red pepper flakes to taste
  • 3 to 6 avocados


  1. Wash lemons, half them, and juice them into a large bowl, removing seeds. In a small bowl, put basil into a bath of water and a splash of white vinegar and set aside to soak. Wash the apples and the orange. Slice or chop apples and put into the salad bowl with lemon juice. (Note: Organic apples are recommended specifically because the Environmental Working Group [EWG] includes them on their "Dirty Dozen" list of high-pesticide produce, but if you can't afford to purchase organic, don't let that stop you from making this salad or other healthy recipes. Non-organic apples are better than no apples.)
  2. Peel and slice orange, separating into smaller sections if desired, and add to the salad bowl. The rind should have some pulp attached; squeeze the refuse over the salad bowl for excess orange juice before discarding. Add drained pre-cut hearts of palm, diced onion, and sliced beats. Pour out water-vinegar solution from the small bowl, using your hand to make sure the basil doesn't fall out, and refill the bowl with fresh water for a final rinse before pouring it out. Pat basil dry with a paper towel and chop before adding it to the salad bowl. Add salt and ground red pepper flakes to taste. Mix all ingredients.
  3. If you're serving the salad immediately, chop the avocadoes and mix them in. If you're going to be eating this over the next few days, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. I like to chop up a whole avocado with a cup of the salad mix for a meal. For a lighter side dish, skip the avocado and use a tablespoon of olive oil instead.
  4. If you're feeling really crazy, add both. Why not? It's spring.

With springtime comes vacations and social events with friends and family. With vacations and social events comes rich food and drinks. If you’re looking to recuperate after a particularly vigorous good time, head to the supermarket for these ingredients right away. It might be just the sweet-tangy, water-dense break your body needs from fried plantains and a few too many glasses of wine.

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