By Popular Request: The (Re-created) Detox Salad

Ever since I posted my two re-created Whole Foods salads, the Kamut Power Blend and Edamame Caviar, I’ve received several emails asking for the recipe for the Detox Salad. I kept saying I was going to experiment with it, but to be honest, I never did because I was missing an ingredient and I didn’t have a clue where to find it… well, until this past weekend that is.

Based on this list of ingredients….

do you have any idea which one it was? If you guessed kelp granules, you’re right! I’ve seen all sorts of sea vegetables in the Asian section of my local grocery stores, but I had no idea where to find it in granular form. When I was at one of my favourite health food shops on Saturday, I randomly decided to browse the organic herbs and spices section, and that’s where I spotted them.

According to New Horizon Health’s Longevity Warehouse,

Kelp granules are “salty” yet low sodium, thanks to the rich complement of potassium, magnesium, and other mineral salts. Kelp granules are an especially rich source of potassium, iron, iodine, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and dietary fiber. Kelp also contains a natural substance, glutamic acid, that enhances flavor and tenderizes. Phytochemicals in kelp have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies. Sprinkle on soups, salads, dressings, dips, sauces, etc. Get the nutritional benefits of sea veggies, and skip the table salt.

Ok, so with all those minerals, what does it actually do to our bodies? Well, according to various sources like this one and this one, some of the benefits include the following:

  • Strengthening of the circulatory system
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Prevention of cancer, strokes and heart disease.
  • Healthy thyroid and metabolism (thanks to the high iodine content)
  • Contributes to overall wellness – this is also due to iodine, and helps the body to fight infections and bad bacteria.
Alright, enough science-y chit chat. Let’s have that recipe, shall we?
Note: Keep in mind that I have no idea if this is the actual recipe Whole Foods uses – I just went by the sign on the salad bar and made up the quantities myself. However, even if they’re not quite right, this version tastes pretty close to the real thing!

Detox Salad

Inspired by the Whole Foods Detox Salad.


  • 2 cups cauliflower (about 1/3 of a medium-sized cauliflower)
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 2 medium grated carrots
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp kelp granules (NOTE: kelp granules do have a fairly distinct sea vegetable-like smell, so you definitely don’t need to use very much!)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. In batches, transfer to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until small pieces form. (You can also do this with the broccoli stems instead of throwing them out or trying to find another use for them!)

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, grated carrots, and all remaining ingredients. Toss very well to combine, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavours to blend.

Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each)

Nutrition per cup: 130 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 11g sugar, 4g protein.

You might be wondering why this is called a detox salad, and from my reading and research into raw food diets (yep, I’m working on that goal already!) I’ve learned that some of the best vegetables for detoxing are raw cruciferous ones. That includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, and cabbage. These are full of phytonutrients, minerals, and antioxidants which are exactly what our detoxing organs (that would be your liver, kidneys, and lungs) need to keep them humming along nicely. Of course, the lovely nutritional benefits are lost the second you decide to cook any of these veggies, and that would be a shame, wouldn’t it?

So do you absolutely need the kelp? Well, no. But I suppose they call it a detox salad because of all the mineral-y goodness that the sea vegetable adds to the mix. Just a warning though – initially when I tested this, I hadn’t mixed it up very well and got waaay too much kelp in one bite. It wasn’t overly pleasant, so be sure to stir well before you taste it! 🙂

So tell me…

  • Do you eat many sea vegetables? Ever tried them?
  • Have you done any successful restaurant re-creations lately? Any recipes to share?


  1. says

    wow! i’ve never heard of kelp granules – thanks for the info! i love when you can find unexpected treats at the health food store.
    and nice job recreating the salad recipe! at casa mia, they used to have these incredible chocolate oatmeal bars. i’ve thought that i should try to recreate them, but so far haven’t made that attempt!
    i do wish whole foods would come to waterloo!!!

    • says

      oh yumm! they sound delicious! i didn’t even know where to look for kelp granules – i figured they’d maybe be in an asian grocery store but got really excited when i walked into healthy foods & more and there was a jar on the shelf! (they’re in the bulk spices area so you can just measure out what you want – i only took about 1 tbsp since i wasn’t sure if i’d like them!)

  2. says

    This sounds so good and pretty easy IF I can find the granules. How long do you think this salad would stay good for? I need a few healthy things I can pack with me for vacation next week.

    • says

      hmmm, i’m not sure. i think maybe 1 week in the fridge. like i said, the kelp granules do have quite a distinct smell, so if you wanted to, you could leave them out and i’m sure it would be tasting (and smelling) fine for a week. i made tons so i’ve got lots for lunches! ps. so jealous you’re going on holiday! 🙂

  3. says

    Aw, yeah! I have a baggie of kelp granules sitting in my pantry that I had no idea what to do with. I saw them in the bulk bin of my co-op and thought they sounded neat which is why I bought them. Haha!

    Thanks for the recipe & I can’t wait to try it!

  4. says

    I’ve never tried any sea vegetables! lol. I’ve actually never even had the Whole Foods hot bar or salad bar! 🙁 I feel deprived when I see everyone else’s posts about it!

  5. says

    It looks just like the WF version!!!

    I love trying to make their foods. Have you ever had their carrot and parsnip patties? I need to figure out how to make those!

    • says

      I’ve only ever heard about these famous carrot and parsnip patties, but have never tasted them – I don’t think we actually have them here! Having said that, I’ve only ever been to one Whole Foods so maybe it’s just the particular location I go to that doesn’t make them. I’ll watch for them this month when I go to visit the new one that’s opening though!

      • says

        Congrats on the new WF. We had one open a year ago and I LOVE it! I agree though there are different salads at different locations. There is a fabulous vegan chicken salad as well, but I haven’t seen it recently. I need to get brave and start recreating! I appreciate you sharing your creations!

  6. says

    I’ve been wanting to try a raw foods recipe!! This is perfect. It’s going on my lunch menu for next week. Since it makes 6 servings…I’ll have my lunches for the week ready on Monday 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  7. says

    I don’t eat many sea veggies, but I’d be open to trying them. The noodles look great. I’ve wanted to try those too, so thanks for the review!

  8. Angie says

    THANK YOU so much my dear! Funny…..I am eating WF Detox Salad as I type this. I went to WF yesterday and picked it up. But the closest Whole Foods is 1.5 hours away for me. I SO want one closer. What’s even better is I took the same picture of the label on the salad bar and was convinced “I AM going to recreate this!”…..well, you just saved me a heap of time. Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  9. Dorothy P says

    I’m actually eating the WF detox salad as I type (well inbetween typing) along with their seaweed salad. I LOVE sea vegetables! This salad looks great & I can’t wait to give it a try on my own.

  10. says

    Thanks! I was going to go buy more, but you inspired me to try making it. Not sure if this is helpful, but a whole foods staff member told me the sauce on it is water that they let the raisins heat up in.

  11. Donna says

    Wow…this looks AMAZING!! Question time…Could I possibly use goji berries or dried cranberries for a “color pop”?…If I can’t find kelp granules…would a tad of nuoc-mam and/or some ground-up or crushed nori leaves do the trick?….

    Loving the texture and color variance here!

    • says

      Hi Donna! Yep absolutely – goji or dried cranberries would be great! I’ve made several variations of this and I’ll often add dried cranberries if I don’t have currants or raisins. As for the kelp granules, I don’t think you’d need the fish sauce because it might overpower the other flavours. However, some really finely crushed nori, arame, or dulse flakes if you can find them, would be perfect. Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Joan Buckner says

    I saw a recipe for detox salad that also had rice vinegar and pure maple syrup as a dressing. I made the salad, it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunetly I took the salad to my son’s house with the recipe. Needless to say I left the recipe there. Could you help to get the recipe. I’m pretty sure it was your web site.

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