Whole Foods Detox Salad Copycat


The “Detox Salad” at the Whole Foods salad bar is one of my favorites. I am really not a fan of raw broccoli, but somehow it’s ok when it is completely pulverized, as it is in this salad. I had been meaning to recreate this salad for a while, and then I remembered that Oh She Glows had done a remake of it. Of course I can’t leave well enough alone, so I added some kale and a little olive oil. I’ve been having it for lunch ever since. This recipe makes A LOT of detox salad. Enough for me to take it for lunch 5 days a week and the Huz to have a few tablespoons of the leftovers.

WF Detox Salad Copycat recipe, adapted from Oh She Glows Detox Salad, makes about 12 cups
-1 bunch carrots (about 3/4 pound of carrots, after the greens were removed)
-2 bunches broccoli
-1 head cauliflower
-3-4 leaves kale
-about 1/2 cup fresh parsley (more if you like parsley)
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds
-1/2 cup raisins
-1 cup currants (a.k.a. tiny expensive raisins. just use raisins if you can’t find these)
-1 T olive oil (the WF version is oil-free, but I have always read that the vitamins in raw veggies are absorbed better when eaten with a little oil, so I added it. Also, is this true?)
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1 t kelp granules (optional)
-salt & pepper


This recipe comes together pretty quickly if you have a food processor. If not, roll up your sleeves and grab your elbow grease and let’s get started.

Start with the carrots. If you have this attachment for your food processor, your life just got way easier – it shreds for you!

Shred the carrots. Before:


Add to the biggest bowl you can find.

Now roughly chop your broccoli and add to the food processor. Process for about 5 seconds (one one-thousand, two one-thousand…). I processed the broccoli in three batches.


Also, this is what it would look like on your windows if it could rain broccoli and carrots:
Add the broccoli to the carrot bowl.

Now on to the cauliflower.

Roughly chop and add to the food processor. Process in about 2-3 batches for about 5 seconds each. Each batch should look like this:

Add to the carrot/broccoli bowl.

Now for the kale. Cut the leaves off the stems and add the leaves to the food processor and process for about 10 seconds.



Add to the bowl. I used about half a cup of parsley. Before:


And after:

Add the kale and parsley to the carrot/broccoli/cauliflower mixture.

Now add the raisins, currants, sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon, kelp granules, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.


All packed up for lunch!

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27 thoughts on “Whole Foods Detox Salad Copycat

  1. Rachel says:

    I don’t think you can get anything healthier than this recipe. And it is my understanding that good dietary fat, like olive oil, helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

    • Molly says:

      I should have known you would know!

      • Toni says:

        Actually all veggies carry with them about 7-15% fat on average. For example a medium tomato is 26 calories and 4 of those calories are from fat, which is 18%. Kale is 12% fat and spinach is 13% fat. You do not have to add unhealthy processed oils to help with absorption at all. Nature provides all that you need. “Healthy oils” just add empty calories.

  2. Erica A says:

    I think I will have to try this at Whole Foods or bum some off of you. All of that chopping in my mini Cuisinart would push it over the edge!

  3. Jeff says:

    I was wondering what my windows would look like if it rained broccoli. 🙂

  4. Ling says:

    Yes!! So excited to try this!!! I think I’ll add cabbage too- cuz I’m addicted and it’s a good detoxer so i think it belongs! Thank you for the intro!!i think jm may be tired of my hugeass salad

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  6. Patty says:

    I just made this, wondering how long it will last in the fridge because it’s enough to feed an army lol……great recipe!

    • Molly says:

      ha! Yes, it makes a lot! I divide it up right away into smaller containers so I can grab them for lunches and dinners!

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  8. MP says:

    this is a very very good salad and lends itself to anything as a side dish or in addition to the main dish

  9. Ru says:

    OMG. You just saved me 5,000 dollars this year!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    great photos!! pretty
    eating a W F detox salad right now, will try making it myself next time, thanks!

  11. Shana says:

    I am obsessed with this salad at the salad bar – thank you for cracking the recipe and saving me $12 a trip! So delicious – even my picky eating husband liked it!

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  20. christy staneart says:

    I just made this and its yummy but makes s TON!! Can you tell me how long this will keep in the fridge?

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