Rainbow Detox Salad | Healthy Salad Recipe

Its officially salad season so I thought what better way to celebrate then by bringing you guys a new delicious salad recipe.  I wanted to show you a fun twist on the traditional salad by featuring this colourful rainbow detox salad from The Healthy Grocery Girl Nutrition Plan site. I love this recipe because the base of it is cabbage instead of lettuce which gives a nice added crunch. I feel like cabbage is so underrated and I’ve been trying to add it into more and more recipes like soups, wraps, as a side (aka sauerkraut) and of course salads!

Purple or red (whatever you like to call it) cabbage is super high in antioxidants just like blueberries. I think its often overlooked but there are so many fun and easy ways to add it into your meals.


I shared this salad with my sister, mom and best-friend and they loved it. They especially loved the addition of the crunch that the cabbage and roasted chickpeas added. We enjoyed it outside on the patio for lunch and it is surprisingly so filling I couldn’t even finish mine. Also, could of been the fact that I was snacking on the chickpeas while taking the pictures… I couldn’t resist they’re so addicting.


A couple of things you can prepare ahead of time and store in your fridge are the roasted chickpeas and quinoa. I love making a huge batch of some type of grain in the beginning of the week to then add to recipes or take for lunch as a side. Click the links below to get the recipes.

How to Cook the Perfect Quinoa recipe

Roasted Chickpea recipe


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Healthy Rainbow Detox Salad

A healthy colourful rainbow detox salad with avocado and roasted chickpeas.


Salad base ingredients

  • ¼ head purple cabbage
  • ¼ head green cabbage
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 medium size avocado
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing ingredients

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Salad base directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium saucepan add water and quinoa
  • and bring to a boil reduce heat and let cook on simmer with lid on for 25-30 minutes.
  • Drain one can of chickpeas and spread out beans on a baking sheet.
  • Cover with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until toasted and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, wash a chop cabbage and toss together in a dinner bowl.
  • Slice and remove the pit of one avocado and slice into pieces.
  • Drizzle cabbage with dressing; add a scoop of quinoa, slices of avocado and top with crispy chickpeas.

Lemon Vinaigrette directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a jar such as a glass mason jar. Put the lip on, shake and enjoy!


You can store the leftover dressing in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Adapted from The Healthy Grocery Girl

I hope you enjoy this rainbow salad recipe.

What veggie or fruit do you think is under rated? Comment down below!


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