Broccoli Cilantro Pesto Salad

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Sounds delicious? Well it is! Homemade pesto is easy and delicious and it can be made with so many herb and nut varieties! This salad could easily be called a “detox” salad due to the many detoxification produce present such as the garlic, cilantro and broccoli. All these foods have special detoxification properties that support the normal eliminative pathways through the liver, digestive system and kidneys. All healthy foods support a these processes but some have extra special properties, more on this soon! ENJOY!

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  • 2 cups leafy greens such as kale, spinach and lettuce
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 leek, finely sliced
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Cilantro Pesto Dressing:

  • 2 cups cilantro (coriander) stems and leaves (large bunch) + extra leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 cup (125 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste (1/2 tsp of each approximately)
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf (optional)


1.)    Lightly steam the broccoli for 1-2 mins (optional).

2.)    Prepare salad ingredients and add all the salad ingredients into a bowl.

3.)    Combine dressing ingredients and process in a blender or food processor – dress as you like (you may want more or less dressing).

4.)    Garnish with fresh cilantro (coriander).


  • Broccoli – cauliflower, zucchini
  • Cherry tomatoes – any other tomato variety
  • Pistachio nuts – pine nuts, crushed almonds or any other nut
  • Currants – raisin, sultanas, goji berries
  • Cilantro – basil
  • Olive Oil – avocado oil, macadamia oil
  • Pine nuts – cashews

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2 - 4

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories300
  • Fat26g
  • Saturated Fat3.5g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium50mg
  • Carbohydrates17g
  • Fiber7g
  • Sugars3g
  • Protein 6g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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