Inner Goddess Detox Salad


Inner Goddess Detox Salad is chock full of feel-good greens, fruits, and vegetables!

My inner goddess has been giving me her best frowny face all day in response to this weekend’s shenanigans.

Between indulging in a 6-layer ice cream sandwich dessert (layer ice cream sandwiches with cool whip then toffee bits, and repeat!) on Saturday, gobbling down two types of barbequed pork in just as many days, and drinking more mojitospritzerlimecactusmichultras than you could shake a stick at, I think the expression is more than justified.

Although, we did share a special goddess moment together when we decided to say screw it, and hunker down for a few hours watching the Sex & the City marathon on E! Saturday afternoon. Gosh, will there ever be another show like it?!

Anyway, hoping to get back in my inner goddess’ good graces I slipped on my sneakers for a rousing trail run this afternoon, followed by a rejuvenating at-home toning sesh, then whipped up an ultra-healthy Inner Goddess Detox Salad for supper.


The Inner Goddess Detox Salad is chock full of body-cleansing, toxin-eliminating, and skin-brightening ingredients like dark, leafy greens, fresh veggies, and juicy berries, which help lessen the blow of a few days of un-goddess-like behavior.

Whether you’re looking to come back from a particularly indulgent weekend, want to look and feel your best, or just try a light, and refreshing salad – the Inner Goddess Detox Salad is your (wo)man!


Start the Inner Goddess Detox Salad with a trifecta of toxin-eliminating leafy greens, including fresh kale.


Believe it or not, kale is one of the healthiest foods in the world due to its extremely high concentration of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also high in chlorophyll, which naturally removes chemical toxins in the body.


You can buy kale at the Farmers’ Market or grocery store, but luckily the kale my Mom and I planted in my raised garden bed 3 weeks ago was primed and ready to be harvested for the first time today. So thrilling. I GREW THIS – whee!


Wash the kale, then tear the leaves from the stalk and into bite-sized pieces. I ended up with about 2 cups of leaves.


Now, the kale from my garden was actually really tender, but most recipes using raw kale will tell you the leaves need a little massage to get them palatable.


I decided to give it a whirl.


After a quick, 1 minute rub down, the leaves had indeed become much softer and more tender. I gave a few a try and they actually tasted a little like broccoli!


Next add 2 cups torn baby spinach on top. Spinach is high in vitamin A, which helps keep skin soft, bright, and supple. Glowing skin is kind of a pre-req for any inner goddess!


Finally, add 1 cup shredded cabbage to the salad base. Not only does cabbage add a special and unique crunch to the Inner Goddess Detox Salad, but it also activates liver enzymes that break down and rid the body of toxins, and helps regulate the digestive system.


Toss the kale, spinach and coleslaw together in a bowl, then place a lid on top and flip. Topping time!


I wooed my inner goddess with a plethora of bright and healthy fruits & veggies on top of the green, leafy base.


Start with chopped almonds, one of the best food sources of vitamin E to nourish and protect skin, and sliced strawberries, which may help diminish the negative effects of a high-fat meal.

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BTW: I used the raw, unsalted almonds from Trader Joe’s I told you about a few weeks ago.


Since the almonds are raw, they almost have a chewy texture to them that Ben and I both adore!


Then add sliced carrots which are high in skin and eye-loving vitamins, followed by blueberries which have the highest levels of antioxidants of all fresh fruits, helping to keep skin young looking, and goddess-esque.

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Finish with sliced cucumbers which help support healthy hair, skin and nails, and raspberries which protect the skin from free radicals.

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Totally inner-goddess approved!

Inner Goddess Detox Salad

Serves 1


Inner Goddess Detox Salad is chock full of feel-good greens, fruits, and vegetables!


  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 10 raw, unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cucumber, peeled, seeded & sliced
  • 1/4 cup raspberries


  1. Massage kale in a large bowl for 1-2 minutes, or until broken down and tender. Combine with spinach and cabbage, then turn out onto a plate. Top with remaining ingredients, then drizzle with a good, olive-oil based salad dressing.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


Immaculate. Sweet, earthy, crunchy, chewy, and oh-so satisfying.


I debated making homemade Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette to drizzle on top, but my inner goddess was starving, so I saved time by using Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette instead. I’d recommend any good, olive-oil based dressing though.


I love salads like this because you actually don’t need that much dressing. The ingredients already have a ton of flavor on their own!

Between the sweat sesh, and this healthy meal, I’m feeling better already. It’s almost as if the 4lbs of smoked pork butt I inhaled last night never existed! Ah, a girl and her inner-goddess can dream. ;)


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  1. I love the bright colors that adorn this salad–it’s gorgeous and full of so many nutrients! Truly the best of both worlds!

  2. K. Bell 05.29.2012

    I’d say that salad’s about 50 Shades of Fruit, and Christian Grey-approved. Laters, baby. :)

    • Debbie 05.29.2012

      I got it…too funny!

    • Kristin from MN 06.01.2012

      Haha! I kept thinking about 50 Shades too! Too funny! ;)

    • Michelle 01.03.2013

      50 Shades is what I thought about….. Love that book!

  3. I love the looks of this salad!!! Yummmo!

    I bet a bit of feta cheese would be great on there as well!

  4. Tiffany 05.29.2012

    If I ever make it big time, will you live with me and make me this every day?

  5. Beth 05.29.2012

    You are so wonderful! I can’t wait to go grocery shopping to get the berries for this. Since you said it was 3 weeks til you could harvest kale, I’m gonna plant some this week too! I use $10 of kale every week!

  6. What a gorgeous salad!

  7. kelly 05.29.2012

    Looks delicious but I would swap out the blueberries for avocado!

  8. Stephanie 05.29.2012

    Want a crunchy, slightly sweet snack? Throw those TJ’s raw almonds in the freezer. Sooo delicious!

  9. I’m right there with you with the detox. I had salads for lunch and dinner trying to detox my system.

  10. Lauren 05.29.2012

    Kale massage. Who knew? Thanks for the tip!

  11. Jeri 05.29.2012

    YAY! for growing your own Kale!! Have you tried Kale chips? OMG they are so good. I had mine just with olive oil and S&P, because I forgot the parmesan cheese *gasp* as much as I love cheese, the chips would probably have been over the top if I would have remembered!

  12. Lauren 05.29.2012

    What a beautiful salad! I always find myself so refreshed after eating a salad filled with fruit!

  13. Dee 05.29.2012

    The salad looks beautiful, you take such gorgeous pictures.

  14. Kate 05.29.2012

    I think I’m becoming a bit of a salad snob because the usual bowl of greens just doesn’t do it for me anymore. I need salads that really pack a punch and are full of color and flavor. Helloooo Inner Goddess! I’m going to have to mop the drool from my keyboard…oops…overshare? Sorry! But honestly, I’ve never had this reaction to a salad before. I can’t wait to make it! In fact, I think I’ll take my post-3 day weekend, toxin-filled bod to the store right now!

  15. Guest 05.29.2012

    Well someone has been reading 50 shades!!! Salad looks awesome! Keep on reading :-)

  16. Em 05.29.2012

    Looks awesome! Way to go!

  17. Al Fosterz 05.29.2012

    I am interested in “detox”?

    I didn’t know that foods can “detox” your body. This is extremely interesting. What is the mechanism in kale that performs the “detox”

    Don’t your liver and and kidneys do this constantly?

  18. Jessica 05.29.2012

    Well doesn’t that look delicious?! Those are the types of salad that I enjoy the most, with a kick of sweetness! I tend to put kiwi in everything right now, which I think would be lovely on this detox salad. Also, I enjoyed a glass of FlipFlops wine this evening and LOVED it! Thanks for making the recommendation!

  19. Julie 05.29.2012

    The salad looks delicious but I hope I never hear the phrase Inner Goddess ever again. That book was terrible!

    • haha! that made me laugh Julie. I”ve never read the book so I can’t relate to what everyone is saying. However anytime I hear of that phrase “inner goddess”, I think of the Venus razors and their shaving commercial- I’m your Venus, I’m your fire. At your desire. “

  20. Sarah 05.29.2012

    This salad looks AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try it!

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  22. I could totally hung this photo in my kitchen! The colors are insane!

  23. salads like these are the best!

  24. These pics are gorgeous!!! This salad looks so refreshing and amazing – also how perfect is it that you got to use homegrown kale – love it :)

  25. Love everything in this! I’ve never heard of massaging kale – I’ll have to try that next time!

  26. Holly 05.30.2012

    I had kale in my salad yesterday for the first time and I loved it! I’ll definitely have to put this on the menu, it’s so pretty and I bet it tastes even better. :)

  27. SATC is one of the best shows ever made. I have all the DVD’s and have watched each episode at least 3 times. I should start that up this summer :)

  28. Emily 05.30.2012

    So beautiful!I love fruit and its cleansing properties. My husband said his mother went on a fast for a week, and ate nothing but fruit. Her skin was really soft because of it. She must have tapped into her inner goddess; she probably looked like one too!

    Have a great day!

  29. This salad is gorgeous! I love all the colorful, fiber-licious fruits and veggies you’ve managed to fit into it. What a great way to get back on track after a holiday weekend!

  30. Kristin! This salad is amazing.

  31. Monica 05.30.2012

    I happened to have all of the ingredients lying around (except kale so I used romaine), so I packed this for lunch today! So delicious! I tossed in some roasted baby beets from TJ’s and used TJ’s raspberry vinaigrette. I’ll definitely be making this again, thank you!

  32. Lauren T 05.30.2012

    I didn’t know kale was so good for you! What does it taste like? Like spinach or lettuce?

  33. Sonnet 05.30.2012

    Yum! This is beautiful!

  34. Yum! This looks so gorgeous! We just lost all of our garden kale to cabbage moths 2 days ago so I am back to Whole Foods for my fix. Saw your post on Tastespotting and was reminded of a recommendation to follow your site via Kelsey and Ben Huebsch!

  35. Trisha 05.30.2012

    This salad looks positively radiant!! I’m not sure if that term is okay to use for food but I’m going with it…

  36. Destinee 05.30.2012

    What is the nutritional information for the salad and dressing?

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  38. Jane 05.31.2012

    awesome. Going to hunt down some kale at the farmers market today! I have everything else! Yay!

  39. Traci Baird 05.31.2012

    I love SALAD! I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing

  40. This salad is stunning! Love it!

  41. Sarah 05.31.2012

    I totally made this today at lunch and the girls I work with just watched me cut up everything in our break area and were intrigued. Thanks a bunch!

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  43. This is a dream salad! I always think of adding a fruit, but never three DIFFERENT fruits. Right up my alley. Thank you.

  44. This salad looks perfect for the summer! So much color. It has to be good for you!!!! And raw almonds are the bomb.

  45. Stephanie Horn 06.10.2012

    This salad is amazing!!! Just what I needed today! And love the incidental tie to 50 shades:)

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  47. Tree 06.17.2012

    This salad is gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat.. but nah, I would eat it. lol Just what the doctor ordered.. can’t wait to try it!

  48. Katy 06.26.2012

    This salad makes you feel better just looking at it :). How beautiful and healthy. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Christine 06.29.2012

    I had no idea kale needed to be pampered like that. I make kale salads all the time, and have never heard that before. Thanks for the tip!

  50. Jackie 06.30.2012

    This looks so incredible! Easy + Delicious + Insanely Healthy = my perfect meal. :)

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