A simple yet nutritious salad with basic ingredients for a dressing, can make a delicious, tasty meal and still fit into a cleanse protocol. This salad takes me back to where Simply Healthy Eats all started.  I’d been fretting about not having things to eat after starting a cleanse protocol to eliminate my food sensitivities while talking with my longtime friend and excellent cook, Patti, and she suggested I find three things in the refrigerator I could eat.  She stopped by after work and showed me how to take those items and other items from the pantry, like spices, etc, to create a delicious meal.  That one experience changed my negativity about the situation I found myself in and helped me get through, what I considered, a tough time, while detoxing from gluten and other foods I was reacting to, in that phase of my health journey.

Today, I come to you with that same positivity and show how to dress up a salad with, again, bare minimums, in order to meet dietary requirements minus any sugars whatsoever.  I know what you’re thinking, “But there aren’t any sugars in a salad”.  That’s true, for the most part, until we get to our favorite dressing.  Yet there may be other places for added sugars and it could be in the foods we’re adding.

This is a basic salad with all veggies that will help kick start a yeast overgrowth cleanse.  That’s right. I’m right in the middle of the ‘kick start’ phase of releasing yeast overgrowth from my gut, or at least minimizing it, thereby stopping more health related symptoms I’ve been experiencing for years.

In this salad, I started with fresh crispy Romaine Lettuce, kale, arugala and added: green onion, celery, cucumber, broccoli, radish, avocado, and topped it with tuna.  For the dressing I used olive oil with a bold taste, fresh from Australia via my Olive Oil Club and spritzed the salad with fresh lime juice.  Then I added garlic flakes, cayenne pepper, sea salt, turmeric and some chia seed.

Now let’s talk about the kale.  Unless I’m juicing kale, I always rub the leaves together to get rid of some of the stiffness, and that makes it more palatable, for me.

So if you’re thinking about reducing your gut yeast, try this recipe and see how simple, easy and tasty it really can be.  Your body will love you for taking this step toward health.

Green Salad with Lime & Oil Dressing Coconut Water with Lime Twist

Green Salad with Lime & Oil Dressing accompanied by coconut water with a lime twist

Simple Salad with Lime and Oil Dressing
Recipe type: Salad
  • 4 medium Romaine Lettuce Leaves
  • 2-4 kale leaves, depending on size and any variety
  • ⅓ cup of arugula
  • 1-2 green onions, per preference
  • 1 celery rib
  • 2-3 radishes, per preference
  • ¼ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ medium cucumber, (with or without skin, per your preference)
  • ¼ cup tuna, fresh cooked, canned or even raw (I used canned)
  • 1-2 tablespoons medium or bold olive oil ( I used extra virgin olive oil )
  • juice from ½ lime (save 1 small slice before juicing for the coconut water drink)
  • garlic flakes, cayenne pepper, sea salt and turmeric, to taste (approx ¼-1/2 teaspoon of each)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seed
  1. Tear or cut lettuce, kale and arugula into bite size pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Tenderize your kale by rubbing the leaves together. Slice the green onion/s, celery rib, radishes, cucumber and add broccoli florets. Pour olive oil over salad, then add spices and chia seeds. Mix salad, place it in a colorful bowl and add tuna to the top.
  2. The coconut water was from a chilled can and I added the juice of a lime slice.
  3. Bon Appetit!
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 955mg
Total Carbohydrates 10.6g
Dietary Fiber 2.5g
Sugars 4.0g
Protein 2.5g
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 51%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%