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Best Breast Cancer Fighting Salad Recipes

The mouth-watering salad recipes included in this section use foods that are packed with nutrients that have breast cancer fighting properties. Bon appetit!

Super-Nutritious Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Broccoli contains some extraordinary compounds that have been shown to fight DNA mutation, trigger apoptosis in cancerous cells, neutralize carcinogenic toxins, prevent the development of benign tumors into malignant tumors, and prevent the spread of cancer from one organ to another. The cancer-fighting potential of raw broccoli—which this recipe calls for—appears to be particularly high: according to one study, cooking may destroy as much as 90% of sulforaphane—the key anti-cancer substance in broccoli. Besides broccoli, this salad boasts a number of other anti-cancer foods, including cranberries (rich in ellagic acid), sunflower seeds (packed with antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium), and apples and red onions (excellent dietary sources of quercetin).

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Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Tomatoes are known to possess a number of extraordinary properties that make them exceptional at helping prevent cancer. Their most attractive quality: they contain lycopene which is a strong antioxidant. Also the onions in this salad can help reduce the odds of cancer. Onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The cancer preventing effects of this salad may be further strengthened by balsamic vinegar, which not only adds a burst of flavor to this salad but which boasts compounds that can significantly reduce the glycemic index rating index of the meal. Low glycemic meals help control the production of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, two hormones that can stimulate tumor proliferation, progression, and spreading within the body.

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Radicchio & Pear Salad

Aside from adding a peppery bite, radicchio and garden cress give this salad a number of health benefits. The red leaves of radicchio contain anthocyanins, the same plant pigments that give blueberries their color — and extraordinary health-boostin qualities. Garden cress provides glucosinolates, health-protecting compounds that have made cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli, world-famous in foodie circles.

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ACE Salad

This summery salad works like magic to soothe your soul—and to give you extra protection against breast cancer. It is loaded with the ACE vitamins (pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E) that are famous for their strong antioxidant powers.

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Beet and Carrot Salad with Ginger

This recipe pairs beets with carrots to create a potent weapon for fighting breast cancer. Several studies have found betacyanin, a phytochemical responsible for beets' intense purple color, to be highly effective at preventing cancer while carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer. The anti-cancer compounds in beets and carrots are heat-sensitive and therefore it is best to eat these powerful root vegetables raw like in this salad.

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Fennel and Strawberry Salad

This mouthwatering anti-breast cancer salad recipe uses crisp fennel, refreshing cucumber, crunchy walnuts, and sweet strawberries to create a super-healthy salad that is full of vitamins and other nutrients. Fennel provides plenty of folate, fiber, and vitamin C. It also contains anethole, a phytochemical with strong anti-cancer properties. The strawberries and walnuts in this salad are supercharged with antioxidants.

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Salmon Salad

This salmon salad makes a great anti-cancer meal. Salmon provides an excellent source of omega 3-fatty acids and the carotenoid astaxanthin, both of which are believed to have a protective effect against cancer. Also the cherry tomatoes in this salad have anti-cancer properties due to their high concentration of lycopene, a carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties. In addition, both red onions and capers are packed with quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon provides an excellent source of the healthful omega 3-fatty acids which can help inhibit the growth of breast tumors. In addition to omega-3s, salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that has strong antioxidant activity. Also carrots are rich in carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, and can further enhance the cancer-fighting properties of this wholesome salad. The radishes in this wonderful salad help detoxify the body and deliver a truckload of vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins, all of which can help prevent cancer.

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Want More Recipes?

For more recipes that may help lower your odds of developing breast cancer, go to the main recipe directory of HealWithFood.org's Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer.

You may also be interested in exploring our pages dedicated to providing more general diet tips on how to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Be also sure to check out the overview of the best foods for preventing breast cancer.