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 For Skin

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. This is 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. They’re also a good source of Vitamin C, which aids in collagen production. It also 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 pickled cucumbers if you can find them. These have bumps on the skin and are often grown in backyard gardens. 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 that 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

Complexion Perfection Salad
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5 from 6 votes
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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