Healthy holiday salad

Contributed by Eva Vertelney, MD

Healthy holiday salad
It’s that time of the year again. It's the time when holiday foods beg to be honored, and hard-to-resist traditions like latkes, sweet potato delights, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, buttery mashed potatoes and the usual variety of noshes and nibbles fill our tables.
It's also the time to enjoy your family, once a year foods and crisp fall weather — and the time of year that invariably ends in resolutions that are uniformly hard to keep: Strictly vegan for the next month! Smoothies for breakfast and dinner for the next three weeks! The (insert your favorite method) cleanse!  No wine or candy for one month! SURE.
Instead of impossible resolutions, try a healthy raw salad for lunch or dinner in between your favorite holiday meals. It’s a perfect counterbalance to an excess of sugar, cream, butter and meats.
Raw broccoli retains many more anti–cancer benefits than its cooked alter-ego, and when chopped beyond recognition as in this salad is quite delicious. Combined with holiday colored red cherries, nuts and oil rich in omega 3′s, with added vitamin C from lemon juice and carrots, it may even help your immune system fight that cold virus that is sure to try and gain admittance to your respiratory tract after kissing your relatives, friends and their adorable, delicious, runny nosed children good bye as they depart your holiday gathering.
(Adapted from Oh She Glows and courtesy of The Doctor Will Feed You Now blog)

Servings: 6

Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil or walnut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup


  1. Chop broccoli in food processor until fine.
  2. Toss all ingredients in large bowl until well combined and let stand for a few minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Add more salt or lemon juice to taste.
  4. Keeps well in fridge for at least several days.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 340
  • Total fat: 22 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 240 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 31 g
  • Dietary fiber: 6 g
  • Total sugars: 18 g
  • Protein: 11 g