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Kale Rainbow Detox Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {vegan, gluten free}

The ultimate delicious vegan and gluten free kale detox salad loaded with rainbow veggies like bell peppers, carrots, red onion, and fresh, green herbs. It’s tossed in an incredible lemon dressing — you’ll make this again and again!

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

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Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl

Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite salads. Yes, it’s a sort of ‘detox salad’.

My mom first made it for me for me three years ago. I adore the recipe for so many reasons: it’s fresh, bright, and flavorful. Plus you can add nearly anything to it to dress it up.

If you’ve never had kale before, this salad is perfect to start with!

Kale rainbow detox salad in a white bowl next to avocado and olive oil

The reason I call this a detox salad because not only is it vegan and gluten free, but it also has an incredible amount of good for you ingredients in it.

Side note: I’m watching Dawson’s Creek right now. Paceyyyyyyyy!

Sorry… back to the salad.

Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl

It’s made with bright veggies including red, orange, and yellow bell peppers plus carrots and onions.

To keep it flavorful, I added both cilantro and parsley. They taste like a million bucks so you better add those bad boys in. Not kidding!

Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl

Oh and the dressing? INCREDIBLE! I adapted it from my lemon dressing in another one of my kale salads. Pretty much essential to the success of the recipe.

Now you’ll need to refrigerate this salad for at least an hour to ensure that dressing marinates with the kale. Because that’s what makes it magical.

Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl

Finally add avocado and roasted almonds. If you want to make it a complete meal, you can add quinoa!

I know that you’ll enjoy this salad. Scratch that, you’ll LOVE it!

Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl

More healthy salads you’ll love:

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Chopped Thai Kale Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

Everything Spring Green Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale, Edamame & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Kale Rainbow Detox Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

5 from 1 vote
Kale rainbow detox salad in a bowl
Course Detox, Gluten Free, Healthy, Lunch, Salad, Vegan
Keyword detox salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Serves 4
A delicious vegan and gluten free detox kale salad with an incredible lemon dressing! You'll make this again and again!


  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar, if desired to sweeten it up
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 2 bunches kale (about 6-8 cups), desteemed and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/2 avocado, diced


  1. To make dressing: place lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, and salt in bowl; whisk together until combined and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss kale, bell peppers, onions, and carrots together. Add dressing, cilantro, and parsley. 
  3. Use hands to massage kale with dressing; this is important so that the kale absorbs the dressing. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to let flavors soak in.
  4. Before serving, toss salad again. Top with almonds and avocado. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make this a full meal, add in a cup or two of cooked quinoa!

Servings: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 serving
Calories: 192kcal
Fat: 8.9g
Carbohydrates: 26.2g
Fiber: 8.1g
Sugar: 7.4g
Protein: 6.3g

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