From Farm to Table: My Detox Salad

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My favorite, favorite Okinawan neighbor stopped me when I was walking back on the path through his rows of veggies from my morning run. "Amanda-san!" he yelled, excitedly telling me to follow him. He then cut three heads of lettuce for me!! You know by now that I am passionate about cooking with fresh ingredients as God made them so I basically skipped home.

His wife told me the other day that he is an all-organic farmer who doesn't grow to sell, but grows because he absolutely loves to. It's all for their family and kids' families to eat. We're so blessed to get to be friends with them and receive their generous gifts of home grown, organic produce! It makes us that more excited for the day {Lord willing} we have land to do the same.

He was reminding me to pick these deep, rich leafy greens whenever I want to. I feel like his adopted American granddaughter (:

After traveling this week, I craved a big, healthy salad full of nutrients... pomegranate seeds, oranges, apples, walnuts, broccoli, blueberries, red onion and kidney beans... and goat cheese. What is a salad without cheese? All tossed in my apple cider vinaigrette. A meal high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins -- good for your heart, skin, blood pressure and for fighting disease. And it's delicious. I also added in rotisserie chicken for some protein.

From Farm to Table: My Detox Salad

1 small head of fresh, organic lettuce
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 apple, chopped
handful of blueberries
handful of pomegranate seeds from 1/2 a fruit
handful of walnuts
goat cheese
1 orange, cut
1/4 red onion, chopped
rotisserie or shredded chicken {optional}
apple cider vinaigrette

Toss all of the salad ingredients in the vinaigrette; add in chicken or meat if you'd like to and enjoy!
Happy Thursday, friends.


  1. Oh my goodness Amanda! This looks delicious!

  2. I found the Japanese to be so hospitable and courteous. When we first arrived in Japan by ship they had a full on brass band standing on the dock in uniform to welcome us and I stood there with tears running down my face that they would take the time for such a nice gesture for a measly group of American students. Amazing!

    This salad looks absolutely divine... I need to make it for myself right now!


  3. Your photographs are making me crave a fresh salad myself!! Lucky you to have an amazing organic farmer for a neighbor! ^_^ Can i ask where you buy the rest of your fresh produce, i just moved to Okinawa and i've been dying for fresh local grown fruits and veggies! :)

    I would greatly appreciate your tips on where to shop!

  4. Looks delicious. -Heidi

  5. That looks incredible! What a great story! :)

  6. I need a salad. With the election and not having a kitchen... I am in desperate need of some healthy non-take out dinners!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *sigh. Almost there...
    LOVE YOU you lettuce holding-cute belt-wearing - grinning-like-a-fool Amanda-san!
    love lanneybear

  7. I have a vegetable-garden and orchard at the farm and absolutely enjoy eating organic and fresh produce from it! So, I know what you mean ;)
    Plus, that salad looks oh so good!

  8. What an amazing garden and friend to have! That salad looks divine!

  9. What a sweet neighbor! I'll have to try that apple cidar vinaigrette, it sounds awesome :)


  10. Amanda-San you had me at "detox salad".

  11. We do that, too. Whenever we have had a week of crazy eating we go for a week of salads. So delicious, so healthy! And in your case, so beautiful!

  12. your neighbor looks like such a blessing! as do all of those veggies!

  13. You and my grandpa would be best friends. :) He grows acres of produce every year and literally gives every bit of it to family or friends. I used to take for granted how special it was to spend my childhood and now adult years eating food grown from my own grandpa. Now he is getting older and it is harder to do as much. :( Enjoy the lovely produce while you can!

  14. YUM.

    but, pomegranates. man. those things take work.

  15. This. Looks. Amazing.
    Also that napkin is gorgeous.

  16. lovey! let's skype soon...and YUM!

  17. Laura,

    Your email wasn't attached so I hope you read this... There's farmers markets all over the place. I usually go to the one in Yomitan. Feel free to email me if you want more info!

  18. yum amanda this looks so yummy! and oh so good for me. i will be trying this one :)

  19. I was wondering if you had replied, so while i was reading your new blogpost i decided to check out this post again! :) my email is i would love more info, if its not a problem!

    - Laura

  20. Wow what a nice neighbor to offer you that delicious produce!! That salad looks just perfect!

  21. i feel like that was a story out of a novel. how wonderful to live somewhere where neighbors give you homegrown food just because.

  22. this sounds delicious! I always feel like salads are kind of a tricky dish - you have to add enough to make them interesting, because let's face it - lettuce is kind of bland. but you also want to vary your salad toppings, 'cause if you eat the same thing over and over you get tired of it, you know? or maybe that's just me. anyway, I'll keep this in mind the next time I'm craving a salad. :)

  23. LOVE this of the best recipes ever! We loved it and will make often! Thank you for sharing!

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