BY: Carol Green

December 28, 2018


Any time I find myself feeling a little sluggish or bloated after an indulgent meal, I whip up my go to ‘detox’ cleansing salad, which just feels like a party in your mouth, so clean and refreshing!

Grapefruit, apple, fennel with bitter greens ad a citrus vinaigrette; all the ingredients to create a refreshing salad cleansing to the palate and gallbladder.  The key to reducing puffiness lies it taking care of the liver and gallbladder, get those juices flowing!

Bitter foods stimulate the release of bile from the gallbladder, as well as saliva, stomach acid and key enzymes, all of which is absolutely crucial to efficient digestion and elimination.

Not so ‘sexy’ to talk about, however if you want glowing, clear skin, improved digestion and no bloating, bitter foods are crucial to your diet!

This lovely salad is part of my ‘Clean 15’ Detox program, if your’e  ready for a detox ‘tune up’ now is the time!



Grapefruit, Fennel & Apple Detox Salad with Bitter Greens & Citrus Vinaigrette

Crunchy, crisp salad, the perfect balance between sweet, sour, salty & hot. Fennel lends a liquorice flavor which is balanced with the citrus flavors

  • Author: Carol Green
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad



¼        cup fresh Orange Juice

2          tablespoons fresh Lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest

2          tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

2          tablespoons Olive Oil

1          tablespoon Raw Honey

2         teaspoons fresh ginger — finely grated

1          teaspoon Paprika, to taste

¼        teaspoon Salt, to taste


1/2       Fennel bulb, sliced finely

2          Grapefruit, red ruby segments

1          Apple, Granny Smith, finely sliced

2          medium Carrots, shaved

1/4      cup Radish, finely sliced

½         cup Cilantro, rough chopped

4          stalks Spring Onion, julienne

1           tablespoon mint, finely chopped

4 oz      Baby Arugula and Kale

4 oz      Red and Green Oak leaf lettuce


  • Toss together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • Peel the grapefruit and working over the bowl with a small paring knife remove the whole segments.
  • Squeeze the remaining juice into the dressing bowl. Adjust dressing for sweet or salty.
  • Using a mandolin slicer or sharp knife finely slice the remaining salad ingredients and toss through the dressing immediately.
  • Add the lettuce leaves and herbs right before serving.


This salad can be made with a variety of ingredients such as sliced bok choy, cucumber and sliced snow peas.

Keywords: detox salad, bitter foods, detox, grapefruit, fennel

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