Fresh and Zingy Chopped Vegetable Salad

3 cups arugula
cut into small pieces
2 cups whole parsley leaves
2 cups diced celery (or heart of fennel)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1 large avocado
peeled and cubed
5 Tbs drained capers (optional)
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs fresh orange juice
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs minced mint leaves
1 Tbs honey (or maple syrup)
heated slightly if needed to thin for ease in mixing
6 oz. fresh string beans
trimmed and steamed
  • 1 large chilled salad bowl for greens
  • 1 small bowl for dressing preparation
Refreshing, peppery and hearty - this salad is a meal unto itself! The combination of citrus and spicy flavors leave your mouth desirous of more, while the healthy vegetables, packed with fiber (12 whole grams - almost half a daily dose), fill your appetite.
This delicious and nutritious meal originates from Gabrielle Hamilton, Chef and owner of Prune, a small, captivating New York City restaurant, serving wholesome, natural foods. It's flavor, heartiness and ease of preparation caught the attention of SELF Magazine, and Slightly altered here, this version will satisfy as a complete cleansing meal, or add beautifully as an opening course to a balanced series of dishes.
Chill a large salad bowl 30-60 minutes before preparing salad.
SALAD: Combine arugula, parsley, celery, onion, tomatoes, radishes, beans, avocado and capers in the large chilled bowl.
DRESSING: In small bowl, whisk together lemon, orange and lime juices, honey (or maple syrup), and oil. Stir in mint. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss with salad greens.
source:; SELF Magazine, April 2001; originating with Gabrielle Hamilton, Chef and owner of Prune, Restaurant, New York City, N.Y.
This version of Gabrielle Hamilton's "Chopped Vegetable Salad" is almost double that of the original, uses arugula instead of watercress, and honey instead of sugar. The quantity of avocado is slightly greater than what would be double the original (which called for 1/2 of a small avocado) in order to balance the increase in spiciness produced by doubling the salad green ingredients, and to add more healthy fat. The capers are slightly less than double (3 Tbs in original) to prevent an overabundance of saltiness. The addition of salmon or tuna would increase protein in this dish for those seeking a more balanced meal. Chilling the salad bowl in advance is optional (not part of the original recipe) but adds to the freshness and crispness of the ingredients.

Allergens: none
Diet Direction: Cleansing

Per serving: 203 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 30 g carbohydrates, 12 g fiber

[nutritional analysis from SELF Magazine]