Serves a Crowd

Green Goddess Superfood Salad

April 17, 2019
6 Ratings
Photo by Maria Tripodis
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

I'm a Dietitian and I contributed this recipe to Cancer Wellness Magazine and got some great feedback from readers-- I hope you all enjoy!

Every ingredient in this recipe has mechanisms that fight cancer. This salad features a variety of complex carbohydrates with strong color pigments, like pomegranate, greens, and garlic, that act as powerful antioxidants to neutralize cancer-causing free radicals, and they taste pretty good, too. —Maria Tripodis

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 small radish radish, thinly sliced
  • 2 small beets golden beets, raw
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 ½ lemons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1/2 cup water (plus more for thinning)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. To prepare the beets: Fill a saucepan with water, put whole beets into water, making sure they are completely submerged. Heat on high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and reduce heat to low. Let the beets cook in water for approximately 1 hour, or until a fork can easily pass through the beets. Once cooked, dump the water in the sink and let the beets cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When the beets are cooled, use a paper towel to rub off the skin, or use a knife to peel the skin. Once the skin is removed, cut in half and chop into ½ inch slices.
  2. Toss all of the salad ingredients together.
  3. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. It will be thick once blended, so alternate between 2 parts water and 1 part olive oil until it’s at a pourable consistency.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss before serving. Serve immediately.

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11 Reviews

Food April 23, 2019
I take offense to anything that professes to be "cancer-fighting."
Girlfromipanema April 23, 2019
Have to wholeheartedly agree with that. If only it was so easy...
Maria T. April 23, 2019
Apologies for you offense! I'll remove that descriptor
Maria T. April 23, 2019
Steve July 26, 2019
Being a Cancer professional, and married to a Oncology Specalist dietitian with over 25 years experience, I can honestly support that these foods can be cancer preventative. Seriously, no one is advocating foods over traditional western cancer therapies. However, the phylochemicals that exist in these foods have shown possibilities.
Consider this, I guarantee that if you are sadly diagnosed with any cancer, you will stop reaching for the bacon and french fries, and embrace a healthier eating style.
Steve July 26, 2019
DO NOT BACKDOWN. You are totally correct in your assertions. I hear this all the time, My wife is a graduate of the U of Arizona Dr Weil Intergrative medicine program.
Girlfromipanema April 18, 2019
Reviews look suspicious
Kali T. April 17, 2019
amazing. i make this a lot and always feel like a million bucks after i eat it
Sir I. April 17, 2019
Surprisingly simple and absolutely delicious. I substituted carrots (purple ones!) for the golden beets which added a nice crunch 😋
Nicole April 17, 2019
DELICIOUS!!!!! I make this almost every day, it’s so yummy!!
Andrea T. April 17, 2019
Love this! Inspiring