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Are you guys ready for this The Mean Green Detox Salad? Monday? January?
The first Monday of the new year…work…life…reality?
I feel like today is the day that we are probably all ready to get back to a little healthiness in our lives. Let’s be honest none of us were really ready to jump right into healthy eating on the weekend after New Year’s, right? I surely wasn’t, so today, January 4th, we’re going there. We’re talking health food, but really freaking good health food!
Actually, we will be talking about healthy food all-month long, and you guys, it’s going to be SO good. I have a lot of colorful and delicious recipes that I cannot wait to share with you all. But first, this salad and a little catching up!
I feel like we haven’t really chatted since before Christmas, so today we shall chat.
Can we do a little rewind? I guess, we should start with Christmas? We had a TON of people here. It was craziness, filled with fun, filled with family, and definitely filled with drama. Hey, what’s Christmas without a little family drama right? Man, where to start? Maybe right from the beginning, the first night my family arrived. We left our Excursion at the Denver airport so there would be enough room for everyone to come up to the mountains in one car.
My uncle Matt had almost made it here (an hour and a half to two-hour drive) when he was pulled over at the very last stop sign before our house. If you knew where we live, you would know that not many people actually make a full stop at this sign. Most people kind of just roll through it. I mean, it’s pretty far off from town, so it’s not a very heavy traffic area. Never once have I seen a cop car at this stop sign. But of course, Uncle Matt was pulled over at nine o’clock on a Saturday night with a car full of drunken fools…aka my cousins, my brother Creighton, my brother Kai’s girlfriend, Caitlin, and my incle’s new girlfriend. Of course my uncle had not been drinking so all ended up OK, no tickets, but still, what a way to start your Christmas vacation, right?!
Luckily, I had lasagnas waiting, a pretty good move on my part. Trust me, they all needed some food in their stomachs. Thinking it must have been a booze heavy flight with minimal snacks. Clearly you can see how things are heading for this vacation.
Anyway, thankfully we all got through that first night. The second day I honestly cannot remember what everyone did. I worked, cause that’s what I know best. Somehow a routine was developed, where come 4:45 pm everyone decided it was time to pay me a visit…meaning they needed some mixed drinks and I was their girl. Oh yes, every night! I have now mastered the Moscow Mule, the Margarita, the Spicy Margarita, and extra Minty Mojitos. Shhh, don’t tell any of them, but the ones I made myself totally had ZERO alcohol in them. And that shot of tequila? Yes, that was water. Hehe, oh how you can fool people after a few drinks. Yes, I am a twenty-two-year-old grandma. No shame. 🙂
After drinks, it was dinner and then I was OUT. I came home and hid. No literally. But the drama? Oh, the drama. Where to start? Well, we lost my amazing aunt a little over three years ago to cancer, but recently my uncle began dating. As you can imagine, this has been a little emotional for everyone, but especially for my cousins. It was a little hard for them to spend Christmas with my uncle’s girlfriend, although considering that my aunt died right before Christmas, I thought everyone was doing pretty well. But the girlfriend must have felt the awkwardness because Christmas Eve morning we all woke up to find that she had taken a very early morning shuttle down to Denver and booked a flight out. Ahhh, yikes! We all knew that could not have been good.
Welcome to a Gerard Family Christmas, right? Yup, we come with our baggage, but in the end, we all love each other to death.
Other highlights?? Hmm, well there was a sleigh ride dinner, which included all nineteen of us. I think everyone had a great time, we even took a giant hillbilly family photo, but there were some tears….you don’t even wanna know. Let’s just say there were some issues with a certain sibling’s girlfriend, and well, apparently some tears were shed in the girl’s bathroom. I don’t even know the full story, I just know it was stupid.
You know, I think my family could have our own reality show.
Hey, we could be the new Kardashians?? Except, more on the hillbilly side of things. Maybe I could even work in some cooking segments? What do you think?
Moving on… the day before Christmas Eve Kai, Cait, Asher and I made a gingerbread house, drank way too much Starbucks….which I am now addicted to (thanks a lot Cait) … and then we watched Elf. the day was capped off with drinks at five…obviously. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were actually pretty mellow. On Christmas Eve we had a big dinner, chilled by the fire, mom and I stuffed stockings, ate mass amounts of Death By Chocolate, went to bed and tried to sleep. Unfortunately, Asher was literally in my face all night long asking when it would get bright out. Eventually, we all got up and opened gifts. We had a nice slow day, cooked a turkey, made some more drinks, ate another big dinner and then finally slept for hours.
And that pretty much sums it up, although I do have to note that I was ready to punch my cousin (little) Matt in the face on Christmas night. Matt insisted on making pumpkin seeds just as I was trying to make the gravy and do a million other things. Yes, Matt (or “Lahey” as my family calls him when he has had too much to drink) decided he absolutely NEEDED pumpkin seeds right then and there. Ugh.
And there you go, my family Christmas in a thousand words. Basically it’s one giant freak show, but as I said, we all love each other and a good time was had by all. So all in all, I would say, Christmas was a success!
And now can we finish our chat by discussing this The Mean Green Detox Salad and just how much I LOVE it. I know it has all these green things and purple things and a bunch of other plant food, but you guys, this is my kind of food, I love this stuff! I know I make a lot of different kinds of food on this blog, but if there’s just one thing I could eat for the rest of my life, it would be plants. Maybe lame, but it’s true, I just love fruits and veggies. This must be why I am so excited that all of my January recipes are focused on healthy eating. I literally cannot wait to share the goodness!
The base of this salad is made up of Tuscan kale, broccoli, purple cabbage, cilantro, parsley, grapefruit, and avocado. It’s a simple mixed salad that gets dressed up in a delicious lemony tahini dressing. I recently learned I am a huge fan of tahini, especially tahini in sauces and dressings. Tahini just adds so much creamy flavor and it’s so healthy and good!!
It’s really important to massage the kale, it helps to break it down and soften it a bit. I know that sounds a little weird, but just give it a little tender loving care for a minute or two and all will be good! 🙂
I finished the salad off with some crunchy coconut chickpeas tossed in a little soy sauce for saltiness. These chickpeas you guys? Addicting. Honestly, I cannot get enough of them. They are my new favorite salad topper for sure.
Finally, I also made a quick vegan parmesan cheese too. Promise, this stuff is too delicious… and legit. Try it and you will see!
This is the perfect salad to pack for lunch, take to a party or maybe even a picnic. I’ve found that the longer the salad sits and marinates in the dressing, the better it becomes. Seriously, this salad is everything, and for the most part, it’s pretty simple to throw together. You can omit the vegan parmesan if you’re short on time and you can also add grilled chicken or fish for a boost of protein.
Or, you could also add hard-boiled eggs, that would be extra yummy too!
OKAY and lastly, I just have to say that I made this salad while my whole family was still in town. Unlike most of my brothers, my cousins and my brother’s girlfriends actually eat green things (…along with their booze…truth…) and this salad got double thumbs up all around.
YESS. I know my drink mixing skills are improving and all… but I really shine with my salads! 🙂
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And come on, this salad is so pretty!!
Cheers to the start of #healthyjanuary!
P.S. Sorry for the insanely long post today. I just had so much to share and I’m not even done. More to come this week!! Oh, the joys of being a part of a big family!
If you make this Mean Green Detox Salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
The recipe has a lot of steps but it is worth it! All the flavors and textures work really well together. Delish!
Happy Wednesday! I really appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad it was a winner! 🤩
Hi Tieghan! This salad looks amazing. Would the salad be able to store in the fridge for longer than 24 hours if the avocado was added later, or do some of the other vegetables also start to go bad after the 24 hour window?
That should be just fine, I would also keep the dressing on the side with the avocado:) I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This salad is so delicious! I’m not a huge salad lady but my husband is so I try to branch out and this salad really hits the spot. I was so excited to eat it I forgot the Parmesan but will look forward to how much better it will be on my leftovers tomorrow? the grapefruit really gives it a full balanced taste with the coconut chickpeas and tahini dressing. Amazing recipe like normal!
Fantastic!! I love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try. Have the best week:)) xT
#OutOfControlInMyMouth THIS. IS. SO. PERFECT! So my family and I are entering Lent, and we go full-vegan each year without feeling like we’ve also given up flavor and substance. All too often, we’ve discovered that eating vegan, even seasonally, often equals unexciting. Enter: Half-Baked Harvest. The Mean Green Detox Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing now is a weekly dinner and lunch staple! ALL the flavors are perfectly curated. The ingredients leave you feeling satisfied but not over-indulgent. Ultimately, this meal provides well-balanced nourishment that is cost effective, appealing and makes Lent more fulfilling. As a new devotee of Half-Baked Harvest, thank you for your curiosity and talent. You’ve made an indelible impact on our lives! And as someone who is without a degree or certificate in culinary arts yet who loves exploring what is possible with food, I am so grateful to have found you! Many blessings.
Lol thanks so much for your kind message:) and thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xx
This salad was a great hearty winter salad. I made a few subsititutionsbased on what I had on hand: Cara Cara oranges for citrus, and mixed greens for kale. Kale would have been better, it was still hearty and delicious. Especially liked the vegan parm and coconut with chickpeas, although I should have checked them earlier since the coconut was getting a little too burnt at around 18 min.
Happy Sunday!! Love hearing that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it!! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. xxT
Just made your mean green detox salad! Delicious! Instead of 2 grapefruit I went with one and a cara cara orange. Will have to look for hemp and chia seeds or sunflower seeds that aren’t processed on shared equipment with tree nuts as I am extremely allergic to nuts. My husband loved it too! Love the chick peas!
I really appreciate you giving the recipe a try, so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xxT
Love a great kale salad! I think next time I’ll leave out the grapefruit, but I understand why it’s there in a detox-y way.
I am so excited that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! ?Tieghan
Hello my husband cannot have pine nuts. Any other suggestions suggestions?
Use any other nut that your family enjoys:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other question. Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Thank you so much!
Thank you Amber! xTieghan
Any tips on avoiding a paste for the vegan parm? I was successful once but the last 2 attempts, it’s come out pasty. All my measurements follow the recipe exactly.
I think you might be blending for too long. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Super easy to make and every bit as delicious as I hoped! We loved it!
Thank you Jonny! xTieghan
This has become one of my favorite salads! I don’t even normally like tahini but I usually double the dressing. It really does get better the longer it sits! I recently made this for a coworker who was evacuated from her home due to the Holiday Farm fires in Oregon. She & her husband are vegetarians & the meals they were getting from the Red Cross, while appreciated, just weren’t cutting it. This salad is nutritious, filling, and beautiful. They loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe
Love to hear that, Hilary! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
I wish I would have read the comments before proceeding with this recipe. When baking at the suggested temperature, my coconut also ended up burned beyond recognition when I checked at the 20 minute mark to stir.
Since so many people have left comments about this, it might be helpful to add a note in your instructions about your suggested alternate baking directions at 350º. I’m pretty grumpy I burned all that coconut and have to start over. I was able to salvage the chickpeas.
Hi Kelly! I am so sorry about that! I hope the rest of this turned out amazing for you! Thank you and I will fix! xTieghan
An AWESOME recipe! I made a few small substitutions (e.g. pomegranate for grapefruits, pumpkin seeds for hemp seeds, etc) based on what I had in my kitchen. Super delicious, filling and makes you feel good.
Thank you so much Julia! So glad you loved this salad!! xTieghan