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Avocado & Tomato Salad Recipe for Sugar Detox: Gluten-Free & Vegan

The Avocado and Tomato Salad with Flaxseed Dressing is a perfect inclusion in a sugar detox plan, epitomizing the essence of clean eating while ensuring a delightful culinary experience. This recipe stands out for its simplicity and the use of whole, unprocessed ingredients, which align seamlessly with the objectives of a sugar detox. Avocados and tomatoes, the stars of this dish, are packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants, supporting the body's natural detoxification processes. Avocados, rich in healthy fats and fiber, help stabilize blood sugar levels, reducing cravings for sugary snacks. Tomatoes add a burst of flavor and are loaded with vitamins C and K, potassium, and folate, contributing to overall health and wellbeing.

Incorporating this salad into a sugar detox plan offers a refreshing break from the potential monotony of detox diets, providing a satisfying and nutrient-dense option without any added sugars. The flaxseed dressing adds another layer of nutritional value, boasting omega-3 fatty acids that are crucial for heart health and reducing inflammation. By avoiding common allergens and inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs, this recipe ensures that it caters to various dietary needs and preferences, and elimination diet friendly. The natural flavors and sweetness of the ingredients themselves demonstrate that a diet free from added sugars does not have to compromise on taste or variety.

The ease of preparation and the adaptability of this recipe make it an ideal choice for anyone who doesn't love cooking. It serves as a tangible reminder that eating healthily doesn't require complicated recipes or obscure ingredients. Instead, it champions the idea that returning to the basics of eating whole, unprocessed foods can have a profound impact on one's health. This salad encourages a sustainable approach to eating that can extend beyond the detox period, fostering long-term health benefits and a renewed relationship with food through mindful eating

 

What you'll need:

For the Salad:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped arugula or spinach
  • 1 cup chopped radicchio 
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley leaves for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Flaxseed Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (ensure it's gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey (if not vegan)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Prepare the Salad:

    • In a large salad bowl, arrange the sliced avocados, tomatoes, arugula, radicchio and red onion (if using). You can layer them in alternating colors for a visually appealing dish.
  2. Make the Flaxseed Dressing:

    • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the flaxseed oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup (or honey), and minced garlic (if using) until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Dress the Salad:

    • Drizzle the flaxseed dressing over the arranged salad. Use as much or as little as you prefer, but ensure each slice gets a bit of dressing for flavor.
  4. Garnish and Serve:

    • Garnish the salad with pumpkin seeds, fresh cilantro and/or parsley leaves. Give a final sprinkle of salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Serve Immediately:

    • This salad is best enjoyed fresh, as the avocado may start to brown if left for too long. Serve as a refreshing side dish or a light main course.

This recipe is not only healthy and filling but also vibrant and full of flavors. The creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, and tangy dressing combine to create a delightful dish that's perfect for any meal. Whether you are using it as part of a sugar detox or for a meal when you come of our Detox Cleanse, we hope you enjoy this nutritious and allergen-friendly salad!


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