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Are you guys ready for this The Mean Green Detox Salad? Monday? January?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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The Mean Green Detox Salad.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 348 kcal

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Ingredients

Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • juice + zest from 1 lemon use only half of the zest
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • salt + pepper to taste

Salad

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups Tuscan kale roughly torn
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley + cilantro roughly chopped
  • hemp seeds + chia seeds for topping
  • 2 red grapefruits segmented
  • 2 ripe but firm avocados sliced or chopped

Vegan Parmesan

Instructions

Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined. Taste and adjust salt + pepper to your liking. Alternately you can add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. The dressing can be made a week in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use.

Salad

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spread the chickpeas out on a towel and dry them completely. Add the chickpeas and coconut to a baking sheet and toss with the soy sauce, sesame oil and cayenne pepper. Toss well to evenly coat. Roast for 20 minutes and then stir the chickpeas around and roast another 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are browned and the coconut is dark brown. Remove from the oven. Save any leftovers for snacking on later!
  • Add the kale to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Using your hands, massage the kale for 2-3 minutes until the kale is well coated and has slightly softened. To the bowl add the broccoli, cabbage, parsley, and cilantro. Toss well. Add the dressing and continue to toss until all the veggies are coated. Add the grapefruit segments and avocado. Gently toss to combine. At this point, you can cover and store the salad in the fridge for up to 24 hours or continue on with the recipe.
  • Divide the salad into bowls. Top with the crunchy coconut chickpeas and the vegan parmesan cheese (recipe below) and a sprinkle of chia + hemp seeds. EAT!!

Vegan Parmesan

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the pine nuts, sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt. Processor until you have fine crumbs that resemble parmesan cheese. Taste and season with more salt if desired. The vegan parmesan can be made a week in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use.

Notes

*Vegan Parmesan adapted from [The First Mess | http://www.thefirstmess.com/2015/01/14/kale-brussels-sprout-caesar-slaw-w-pine-nut-parm/].

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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!

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  1. 5 stars
    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.

    1. Hey Amanda,
      I am so excited that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! 💕Tieghan

    1. Hey Pam,
      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

  2. 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.

    1. Hey Kristian,
      I think you might be blending for too long. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 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

  4. 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.

    1. 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

  5. 5 stars
    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.

  6. 3 stars
    I love the idea of this salad, but had issues with the coconut burning black just 20 minutes in to the cooking time (did anyone else have this problem?). I was worried that would happen and should have listened to my gut. The garbanzo beans I picked out from the burnt mess were super oily. Next time, I’ll cut the sesame oil by half and add the coconut in with 10 minutes left on the cooking time. I think the coconut would have added it a lot of flavor!

    I decreased the olive oil by half and added about three tablespoons of water to the dressing instead (even with the full 2 tablespoons of oil, it would have been way to thick for my taste). I also used just a pinch of dried ginger since I’m not a ginger fan, but used the zest from the entire lemon since I am a lemon fan. The dressing was delicious! I’ll definitely be making the dressing again. The only other changes to the dish were leaving out the cilantro (forgot to buy it) and I switched grapefruit for tangerines to add a bit of sweetness since there were so many other bitter flavors.

    Overall, I liked it and will make it again with these adaptations. Other than the issue with the coconut burning, I’m sure it would be great as written, too! It’s nice that it’s easily tweaked. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Pamela! Oh no! I am sorry to hear that this did not turn out well for you. Are there any questions I could help you with? I hope it turns out better next time for you! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    I’m one of those vegan gluten free yogi types 🙂 I came back from an international trip and was craving a really good whole grain salad. Your recipe fit the bill! It was DELICIOUS! I halved it and split it in two portions (one for today and one for tomorrow). It’s perfect lunch-size portion if you’re hungry! It has a lot of balance and is chock full of vitamins. I also have cancer and it is the best mix of all of some really great cancer-fighting foods (kale, broccoli, red cabbage, chia seeds, etc.) My sub was cannelloni beans instead of chick peas. Also, the coconut ended burning a little in the oven. It gave a nice flavor but I think I’d leave it in for a shorter time next time (or maybe add a little bit later). I also got a little lazy and skipped the pine nut parmesan. Everything else was great! Thank you!!!

  8. I am going to make this salad this week; however, I’m allergic to sesame seeds.
    What would you advise for a substitute for tahini and sesame seeds, called for in this recipe?

    1. HI! I would use peanut butter and peanuts. That will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

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    This is one of the best salads I’ve ever made (no, scratch the ‘one of’… this is definitely the very best!)
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  13. 5 stars
    This salad is phenomenal! Even my somewhat carnivorous husband loves it! I prefer to make the vegan parm with cashews (I find it more flaky and less oily). And i usually throw in any green herbs I’ve got leftover in my fridge – parsley, cilantro, mint, basil – ALL of it! So delish. And the leftover chickpeas make for a great late night snack! Couldn’t be more happy to have found this recipe – thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed this salad and hope you love some other recipes on my blog!

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  33. I’ve now made this recipe twice – AWESOME!!!!!!! It’s so good, I want to make it for everyone and it’s super healthy!
    I burnt the chick peas the first go around, but have since perfected it, at 350F and stir every 10 minutes – could be my ovens temp is off. I’ve actually made extra chick peas because its such a great snack!
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    1. Hi Nelson, sorry you had trouble with the coconut burning. If you feel the oven temp is too high, try going down to 350 F. next time. Sorry for the trouble. Tieghan! 🙂

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  38. Hey, obsessed with your food!

    I always make your dishes and they are successes. but this tahini dressing isn’t mixing well for me, it thickens gets mealy and separates. Is there a way to get the texture smoother?

    Best,

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    1. Hey Gabriella! Sorry you are having trouble with the dressing! It sounds like you just need to add water to thin it out. Tahini can be super thick or super thin depending on the jar and it sounds like yours might be on the ticker side. Try adding 1 tablespoon of water a time until the dressing is smooth and creamy. I really hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! ?

  39. Made this salad yesterday. It was absolutely delicious! All of the flavors worked together harmoniously. And the lemon tahini dressing is to die for! I made an extra trip to the store to get the ginger and I’m so glad I did. 5 star salad!

  40. we made this salad over the weekend & all i gotta say is WOW!, i’ve never had anything like it. There is alot goin’ on here, lots of different flavors, but all works really well together. we had it for lunch, but can see it being a side for lets say steak on the grill. we will be making this again.
    Thank you.

  41. Hi. I saved this salad recipe on pintrest last week and have been dreaming of the day when I will make it. I now have all the ingredients and one very important question. Every time I bake chickpeas they explode and pop in the oven. Is this something that happens to everyone, do you have a tip on how to prevent this? Really looking forward to my first bite 🙂

    1. Hi!! I always have a few that explode, but not all of them. I think you may be cooking them too long. Once they start to feel crisp they are done. You could also try peeling the chickpeas first, but I don’t ever do this. Hopefully the cooking one for these will work great for you!! Hope you love the salad!!

  42. Hi, I just love this receipe, especially chickpeas with coconut flakes. I hope you don`t mind me posting it on my blog – I left a link to your original receipe of course.

  43. Wowwwww this salad looks absolutely delicious! I love the purple cabbage and the tuscan kale (cavolo nero). I must try it!!!

  44. So glad you holidays went well enough ..Sounds like my family…Think I will love this salad also ..Thanks so much for your time

  45. Hi Teighan. I’ve been reading your blog since I stumbled upon it several months ago.
    It is amazing to see how your photography skills have improved in quantum leaps from a few years ago. And they were pretty good to start with. I am a hopeless foodie that lives in a very rural remote part of the country with lots of mountains everywhere.
    So I understand your lifestyle pretty well. I am so psyched that you incorporate so many “plant” foods in your recipes. As a family we are omnivore/locavores, enjoying the flavors of so many foods. However, our basic diet is based on plants! Totally dig that you used Vegan Parm! But like another reader…..so curious about the sleigh ride dinner. Please share!

  46. Now this is the way to detox, what a stunning salad (as always!). And I was cracking up over your “shot” of tequila – you are brilliant! 😉

  47. As I was typing “halfbakedharvest.com” into my browser as I do every morning I thought….”I love this website, but I wish Tieghan made more vegan options.” Then the page loads and there’s THIS! How do you manage to read my mind? Also, don’t get me wrong… I love all your meaty, cheesy, rich dishes. I’ll be making your latest taco recipe Sunday for my boyfriend’s family, but I try to eat vegan in my day-to-day life and I look forward to trying this out!

  48. I’m on my weight loss plan. This definitely helps give me ideas to really mix it up and just gorg on delicious salads like this! Thanks for sharing because I shared this with my facebook page for my readers.

  49. I can not get over these colors! I feel healthier just looking at the pictures of this beautiful salad 🙂 Thanks for featuring healthy recipes for the New Year!

  50. This salad looks and sounds so perfect. I am so in the mood for big bowls of vegetables at the moment…and covering them in tahini is a must! I’m glad that you had a wonderful Christmas despite all of the drama. Sometimes the drama can help remind us how much we really love each other…sometimes. Happy New Year!

  51. Best wishes to you and yours! SORRY, VERY SORRY but don’t won’t to know any kind of salads, we had heatwave(Melb. Australia) ,42%c, was exhausted, for 03 days hardly had anything to eat. Yes it was over Xmas. Now all I won’t is to eat soup, it’s half way done. At a moment am having home made jam, from friend garden fresh apricots. And jam is still warm, yum! Over w/end will be hotAgain, not happy… Wish, wish I had White Xmas, am JELOUS you had all fun. But we have to have summer so Cheers to you! Regards, until next time, Vera G.!

  52. Absolutely gorgeous salad! I’m really enjoy veggies right now too. It seems like the more green things I consume the more addicting they get! Fun reading about your family drama. At least you can’t say it was a boring holiday!

  53. This salad looks super delicious and healthy! I love the colors in this! And I totally can’t wait to give this a try! And I love that grapefruit is incorporated into this salad!

    1. Hey Karen, we have a really close family and I asked before I shared. Thanks for reading! Happy new Year! 🙂

  54. Never too much to share. I for one along with your genius recipes, enjoy your commentary. Just wait til you have children – then you will really have a lot to share! ?

  55. I am also a veggie lover so January is one of my favourite times of the year in the food blogging world. All the salads! This one is so beautiful, and I love the vegan parmesan idea! Congratulations for making it through that crazy sounding Christmas. Yeesh!

  56. Wow! 19 people for Christmas. That sounds amazing. And like so much fun! And I’ve been in desperate need of a salad like this since the beginning of December. I’m pretty sure I ate my body weight in chocolate!

  57. Thanks! Needed this…something that looks like a main course salad, that I can do. Decided to start eating some organic foods (and serious veggies and fruits) this year and am really lost as to how to make things good and simple at home on a ranch (100 miles from my nearest Sprouts or Whole-paycheck Foods). If I put all this together I should have 2 meals for hubby and I and I don’t think he will even long for a “real meal” for a day or so.

    Happy 2016! Thanks for your blog!

  58. Happy New Year to Tieghan and family!!
    Want to start by saying I have started sharing your beautiful site with everyone I know that wants to eat well. Your pictures are amazing and beautiful. Starts the hunger pangs as soon as you see the pics,lol. I have a question, please take no offense to my question. Where you do you shop for the ingredients? I have just discovered your blog totally by accident, happy one at that. From what I have read you seem to live in a pretty nice far off area. I live closer to a yuck, busy city like area I can’t seem to find some of the ingredients needed to successfully achieve the end result. Please advise,young guru of the kitchen. I say that with much admiration and respect.
    Warms wishes for your continued success
    Ogee

    1. HI Ogie!!

      So happy to have a new reader!! I do live in a somewhat remote area and just shop at my local Kroger grocery store. For any odd items I order them on Amazon. Let me know if you have any questions, happy to help!

      Happy new Year! 🙂

  59. Oh, I know how it must feel for you! I’ve never had an experience like that, but family drama is the worst. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I also feel sorry for your uncle’s girlfriend because she doesn’t seem to feel like a part of the family. Time will heal itself and everything will fall into place 🙂

  60. This is the only time of the year I can get my husband to eat kale, so you can be sure I’ll be making this soon! So good!

  61. Oh, do I need the mean green detox salad right about now Tieghan! Happy New Year!

    1. Hey Mary! You can omit the nutritional yeast, but the cheesy flavor will not be are potent. Still delish though! 🙂 Hope you love this and Happy new Year! 🙂

  62. Whoa!! Sounds like you definitely had an eventful Christmas. Gives you something to write about though, right?! I wonder if your Uncle’s girlfriend will read this post one day…haha. ANYWAY, this salad is calling to me – I love all the fun stuff you added to it. Total game changer!

  63. I’ve just starting reading your blogs and recipes these last several months. I love your uniqueness in your recipes. The rustic colors in your photos is always eye catching. I’m going to cheat and just use the dressing for my salad today, it looks yummy.
    And pat yourself on the back for cooking and making drinks for everyone, I’d go hide to.

  64. Oh dear, a Christmas without family drama isn’t a real Christmas, is it? I’m glad you still enjoyed it though!
    This year my family had pretty calm and almost drama-free holidays even though my boyfriend came home for Christmas with me for the first time.
    And now to the salad… Looks so fresh and delicious!! And the vegan Parmesan topping!! I’ve made it before a couple of times for pasta & can’t wait to try it on this salad.
    Xx Alex

    1. Whoaa and yeahhh and congrats!! That is so awesome, sounds like the boyfriend is a keeper…jealous!

      Thanks Alexandra and Happy new Year! 🙂

  65. HEALTHY FOOD FOR THE WIN! This looks so amazzzzzzing I could eat healthy for the rest of my life 🙂 How can you even pass up such a colorful and wonderful looking salad like that? Even if you don’t like salads?…. Can’t wait to see the rest of the months recipes of healthy foods!

  66. Haha, I just had to chuckle with the family drama’s…yip, that what happens with big families 🙂
    Now this salad, I love !!! It is just so pretty 🙂 and it is just perfect for this time of year here in South Africa, where I practically live on salads.
    The vegan parmesan sounds amazing, and so different, thank you. I am looking forward to kicking off the New Year, healthy 🙂

  67. I have to confess I was kind of ready for this Monday, because when my son and my husband are home on breaks from school – I went and married a teacher!! – I get nothing done!! My exercise routine goes out the wondow, because I just don’t have time nor place to squeeze it in, and my novles get pushed to the back burner, as it is kind of hard to concentrate on wrting with a seven year old around you all the time saying he’s either hungry or bored or hungry and bored… so yea, I was sooooo ready for this Monday ahahahahah!! They, on the other hand, were not!!
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  68. OMG, how I know about family drama and doing everything possible to stay out of it. I bet your family would make a great TV show. This salad is super inspiring Tieghan, yum! I’ve never tried vegan parm but from the sounds of it I’d like it even more than the real stuff. Happy first Monday!

    1. Yup. Would watch the T.V. show here, but only if 1) your cat is in the show and 2) you tell us more about that sleigh ride dinner. Yikes. Love to be part of that!! This detox salad looks awesome as I peek into the New Year. Happy New Year and Happy Monday! Loving the coconut the most here =)