This healthy, quick, crunchy salad mix is a cinch to make and packed with everything from freshly chopped cabbage and carrots, to fresh cucumber, scallions, and radishes. No matter how you choose to enjoy this fabulously healthy salad mix (spruced up with one of our dressings, or with extras like avocado, tomato, and sprouts), it’s certain to make you feel better than good from the inside out.
You can add all kinds of extras to this crunchy salad mix. Seriously, whether you stick to adding in what you love or venture out, you pretty much can’t go wrong.
As far as crunchy salads go, this recipe is as versatile and nutrition-dense as they come. Sure, you can always pack more nutrients into your salads. But this one covers quite a number of bases in one fell swoop. For instance, in this one crunchy salad you’ll find:
Whether purple or green, cabbage is full of nutrients that are linked to a spectrum of health benefits. Some of these benefits include reduced inflammation, heart health, stronger bones, and improved gut function. Cabbage is also high in fiber, which is shown to reduce the risk for chronic conditions and aid with digestion.
High on beta carotene, fiber (more fiber!), vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants, carrots are like the Wonder Woman of the vegetable world. Why Wonder Woman? Um, why not? She’s amazing and so are carrots. In addition to being a “weight-loss-friendly food,” carrots are also often connected with improved eye health.
As we noted in our Easy Summer Chickpea Salad recipe (which features an abundance of cucumbers), cucumbers “are a win-win choice for most any summer salad. From potassium, magnesium, and manganese, to vitamins K (62% of the RDI!) and C, cucumbers are packed with so much more than meets the eye.”
Spicy and oh-so-gorgeous, radishes pack a punch when it comes to antioxidants and minerals like calcium and potassium. As a whole vegetable, radishes are inherently good at helping lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease. Got natural nitrates? Radishes do—and they help improve blood flow!
Now that you have a little background on this deliciously simple, crunchy salad, it’s time to check out the full list of ingredients and dive into the very simple recipe (there’s not much to it, promise).
You can feel free to prep this salad mix ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Additionally, while this is a crunchy salad mix to be added into other salads, you can also just top it with your favorite dressing and enjoy it as is.
Either way, it’s fabulous.
Yields 4 servings
Crunchy Salad Mix Ingredients
2-3 cups shredded cabbage (purple or green)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 large cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and diced
1 bunch parsley or cilantro chopped
1 bunch scallions sliced
1/2 cup red radishes sliced thin
1. Place all prepped ingredients in a large bow and mix together.
2. Add into other salad bases or enjoy alone!
3. Alternatively, cover and store in the fridge and use over the next four days.
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