The Ultimate Debloat Salad
The gut-friendly salad our founder swears by.Summer is the best time for salads, but even though they're packed with health-boosting phytonutrients, too much raw food can leave your digestion system a little frazzled.
Vegetables are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, which lends them their microbiome-promoting properties. Cellulose, an insoluble fibre found in most vegetables, can be particularly difficult to digest, so ramping up your intake can easily overwhelm the system, causing gas, bloating and a general feeling of pressure. Enter the 'Debloat Salad'.
This salad is our go-to summer staple to combat bloating and digestive issues. We pre-cook the main vegetables in this salad because cooking vegetables - even lightly - will start to break down cellulose, making them more readily digestible.
We also use low FODMAP vegetables, which is one of the reasons it is so gut-friendly, and are liberal with fennel, another incredible gut-focused vegetable that promotes motility, decreases bloating and can combat cramping. Even the dressing works hard. It's packed with phytonutrients that combat bloating - like ginger, apple cider vinegar and cilantro.
We prep extra cooked vegetables for this one so we can enjoy the salad throughout the week
To make ahead:
Green Detox Dressing Ingredients:
- Heat about 1/2 inch of water in a large frying pan. Sauté fennel and courgette until soft and water has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil, some sea salt, and brown for a few minutes. Store in the fridge for a few days to use across multiple servings.
- To make the dressing. Add everything together in a blender or nutribullet with about 1/2 cup water. Blend and taste - we like this to be really tangy, but you can adjust to your liking by adding more tahini/oil/vinegar. This will store in the fridge for 1 week and is also delicious on brown rice or quinoa with mixed vegetables.
- To assemble. Put the spinach in a bowl with tomatoes, avocado, sunflower seeds, cucumber and some of your cooked fennel mixture. Top with detox dressing, some sunflower seeds and a drizzle of tahini. Serve as is, or top with your protein of choice.