Superdetoxing Mediterranean Salad

Serves 4

 INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1½ cup dry chickpeas

  • ½ white onion

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 tin artichoke hearts

  • ½ red onion, sliced thinly

  • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 bunch watercress (or broccoli or cilantro sprouts)

  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped (plus a few springs to cook the chickpeas)

  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves (chopped)

  • 1 piece of seaweed - kombu

For the dressing

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 30 ml lemon/lime juice

  • 90 ml EVOO

  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard (gluten free)

 DIRECTIONS

1.   Rinse and drain the dry chickpeas, and let them soak overnight in a large bowl using enough water to cover them well (approximately twice their volume of water).

2.   Once you are ready to cook the chickpeas, drain and give them an extra rinse in cold water. Cook them following the next steps: bring water to a boil in a large pot and add the rinsed chickpeas. Let them boil for 15 min, removing any foam that forms on the surface. Once they’ve been boiling for 15 minutes, drain them, discard the water, return the chickpeas to the pot, and pour enough water to cover them completely (aobut 2 inches above the chickpeas). Bring the water to a Boil and add the white onion, carrot, parsley sprigs (stalks included and kombu. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the chickpeas covered, until softened.

3.   When the chickpeas are ready, set them aside and let them cool for a few minutes. Drain them and let them cool to room temperature.

4.   Once cold, transfer them to a serving bowl and add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, red onion slices, and watercress. Mix thoroughly with your hands.

5.   Add parsley and mint and mix everything again.

6.   Prepare the dressing in a separate bowl and pour it over the salad.

What are the benefits of this dish?

 Each and everyone of the ingredients on this dish have really powerful detoxifying and antioxidant properties. Tomatoes have lycopene, onions have quercetin and garlic has allicin.

Foods that have the ability to specifically increase the volume of bile produced by the liver are known as choleretics. Cholagogues are those foods that stimulate the gallbladder contraction to promote bile flow.

By stimulating the production and release of bile, the body it better able to release toxins.  The role of bile is primarily that of facilitating fat digestion, including assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins, but also being a natural laxative, and thus cleansing to the system, improves the detox capacity of cells and tissues.

Among the main choloretics/cholagogues we find artichoke, lemon and mustard. Entre los principales

Garlic and onion also contain sulfur compounds that are known to induce and promote liver detoxification.

Brocoli spouts contain another sulfur-containing compound known as indol-3-carbionol.  This important biological agent is known to speed up the detoxification of many potentially harmful chemicals (including carcinogens), provide antioxidant support, block the overproduction of certain hormones that are linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, and act as a phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen), which can bind to estrogen receptors on reproductive tissue and exert anti-cancer influences.