Complexion Perfection Salad


Clear Skin is more closely tied to what you eat than what you put on your face. Acne – and other inflammatory skin conditions – are a reflection of what is going on inside the body, and are a sign of internal inflammation and imbalance, as I outline in my Clear Skin Plan.

Below is a recipe for my Complexion Perfection Salad, which is packed with the nutrients needed for clear skin.

Complexion Perfection Salad Benefits

Arugula: This spicy, peppery, and slightly bitter green is great for boosting digestion. It’s packed with a wide array of vitamins and antioxidants which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. It provides 10% DV of Vitamin A per cup, or about 40% DV when using 4 cups like in this salad. Vitamin A is a critical nutrient for clear skin.

Red Onion: Prevents inflammation. Including sulfur-rich vegetables like red onion on a regular basis is important for healthy skin.

Radishes: Radishes provide both sulfur and silica, two beauty minerals that support clear, ageless skin from within. They’re also a good source of Vitamin C, which aids in collagen production and supports the immune system to help repair your skin.

Cucumber: This water-dense fruit is also a great source of silica, the beauty mineral that supports healthy hair, skin, and nails. Choose pickling cucumbers if you can find them- the kind with bumps on the skin, often grown in backyard gardens – as research shows they contain more silica than their smooth counterparts. (1)

Clementine: Clementines provide 60% DV of Vitamin C, which supports collagen production, the immune system, and ageless, clear skin.

Avocado: A filling source of healthy fats, fiber (one medium avocado provides a significant 9g per avocado!), and Vitamin E, an antioxidant that plays a role in healthy skin.

Pumpkin Seeds: Provide zinc, a critical nutrient for clear, radiant, glowing skin.

Sunflower Seeds: Offer Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, and a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Flax Seeds: Provides fiber which aids in digestion and helps clean the colon, as well as omega-3s which provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Hemp Seeds: Deliver complete plant-based protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats to clear your skin from within.

Complexion Perfection Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes



Protein of choice (choose 1)



  • Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl, including the protein of choice.
  • Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice on top, along with a little salt and pepper. Toss the salad well and add additional oil, lemon, salt or pepper to taste, if needed.

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Hi, I’m Maria and I’m an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

I help busy women lose weight or clear up their acne by developing healthier eating habits, based on a plant-based paleo diet.


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