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Matchstick Christmas Salad

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2020


My number #1 tip for staying true to the foods my body loves, even during Christmas...Make delicious food and take it to parties to share! I used to fail miserably with eating healthy during Christmas. You know what I mean - you turn up to Christmas Do's bombarded with all sorts of delicious naughtiness. It wasn't until I started making my own delicious (and nutritious!) meals and treats, and taking them along to share, that I was able to stay true to who I am, and to gift my body with nourishing foods. I may still 'indulge' at the Do's (lol), but I rarely feel horrid afterwards.

Here's a pretty salad I took to a Christmas Party last week. The maple toffee walnuts give it a special, tasty crunch.



  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium beetroots
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 carrots
  • Goji berries, large handful
  • chopped walnuts, large handful (or more!)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated finely
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Put a small frying pan on a medium heat and stir-fry walnuts and maple syrup until lightly browned and toffee-like. Make sure you move them around the pan frequently as they burn easily. Chop roughly once cool.
  2. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Wash your apple and zucchini well. Peel carrots and beetroots.
  4. Slice all your vegetables thinly with a sharp knife and then cut them into thin matchsticks. 
  5. Place all the veggies in a salad bowl and mix with the dressing you made earlier.
  6. Sprinkle the salad with toasted walnuts and pomegranate seeds.


This recipe is approved for our following Healing Diets:

- Adrenal Healing Nutrition Plan (post 2-Week Blood Sugar Reset)

- Gluten-Free / Celiac & Non-Celiac Gluten-Sensitivity

- Dairy-free 

- Vegan


Omit/Sub following ingredients to fit with our other Healing Diets:

- Low-Hydrogen Sulphide - omit garlic

- Low-Histamine - Omit maple syrup walnuts (sorry!), omit lemon juice and maple syrup from dressing. Sub goji berries for pomegranate. 

 - SIBO Biphasic Diet - Omit apple and garlic, sub maple syrup for raw honey


Author: Filipa Bellette, Clinical Nutritionist & Functional Medicine Practitioner


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