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Detox Summer Slaw with Peaches + Parsley + scenes from overlook farm!

Detox Summer Slaw | @withfoodandlove

I love my garden. I love nurturing it and caring for it, and giving it the love and attention it requires. I like to visit it multiple times a day, always with the hope that something drastic probably happened, even though it never does. I like to prune my tomato plants, I’m probably borderline obsessive about this. Pulling weeds, and getting dirt under my fingernails – it therapeutic. There’s nothing more satisfying than eating something you’ve cared for since it was a seed. But gardening, it’s wicked hard.

I was prepared for the hard work, but I wasn’t really ready for the failures. Which seem to be more prevalent than success this first go around. I’ve always had an appreciation for where my food comes from, but now more than ever, I totally get it. And anyone who does this for a living is a freaking saint. Including the staff making it all happen at Overlook Farm. Last week I traveled about 60 miles just north of St. Louis to stay on their property and learn a little bit more about what they do. The farm is positioned in the heart of the Mississippi River Valley, spanning 327 of the greenest, most fertile land I’ve ever seen. The brains behind this carefully curated operation is Nathalie Pettus, a petite and energetic native Missourian, who had us jumping fences and hiking up to vantage points where it seemed like we could see the entire Mississippi. She exudes passion and drive, and it was an honor to spend the day with her touring about the property.

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm is truly the epitome of farm-to-table. Operating year round supplying the produce, and fresh meat and fish to their Courtyard restaurant located on the farm, and to their city restaurant, Nathalie’s, located in the Central West End area of St. Louis. Beyond their 26 hoop houses, 5 greenhouses and sustainable tilapia farm, the property is home to four inns. Including Cedarcrest Manor the oldest inn in the state of Missouri, where Chris and I stayed and lounged by the pool and drank rosé in the secret garden. This place is pretty magical, and I’d highly recommend a trip to Overlook Farm for the night, for the weekend, for your wedding? Yeah they do that there too.

After our stay we slowly made it back to the city, stopping at antiques stores along the way, really wishing we had a good cup of coffee in hand – because there isn’t much out there in rural Missouri you guys. Except there are roadside produce stands, a lot of them. I wondered how much of it was grown organically? Or with detailed care like at Overlook. Regardless, the peaches won me over. I don’t even know how many pounds we managed to get, I just know we BOUGHT A LOT. I grilled a bunch of them the night we made it home, and the next day I froze almost all of the rest for smoothies in the fall and winter.

There were a few peaches left over, and my body was craving some clean eating, to flush out all the rosé and gluten-free chocolate dessert {thank you Overlook kitchen staff!}. So I came up with this detox summer slaw that’s been on repeat with a generous topping on sunflower seeds and side of avocado. It’s inspired by last year’s salad of the season. And it’s loaded with parsley and apple cider vinegar to aid gentle detoxing. I eat a lot of parsley, I eat it almost every day. In salads, with roasted veg, whipped in dressings and in juices. I find it to be the most underrated herb. Parsley, do ya dig it?

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

Back to my garden – I planted a ton of veg this year. Here are the failures – or ‘the things I wasn’t prepared at all for’. The caterpillars got my brassicas. The rain got my beans, and my squash. The hail got my beets, and a few other blunders got some miscellany. So here’s what we’re actually working with now.

Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple + Scarlet Nantes carrots that are waiting for cooler weather to grow bigger. Watermelon radishes that I’m harvesting now. Long Purple + Prosperosa eggplants that are almost ready. An abundance of Hungarian Hot peppers, ready for picking and with nowhere to go. And so many green globes slowly ripening on my Amish Paste, Yellow Pear, Amana Orange and Brandywine Red tomatoes plants. Oh also! A crap ton of genovese, tulsi and opal basil.

My garden this year was sponsored by my friends, the SeedGeeks. And by sponsor I mean they’ve provided me with all my non-GMO, organic, heirloom seeds, and they also answer all of my annoying texts about bugs and stuff. Today they’re giving away a fall garden seed collection!!! To enter CLICK HERE to check out the collection, then drop me a comment below telling me what you’re most excited about growing this fall. Giveaway will close at noon Central time on August 12. It is open to anyone in the continental US. Winner will be chosen at random, and notified by mail.

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Overlook Farm | @withfoodandlove

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Detox Summer Slaw | @withfoodandlove

Detox Summer Slaw with Peaches + Parsley {print me!}

Notes: this slaw is really easy to throw together and can be made in one bowl, in one step. It makes 2 entree sized portions and 4 side salad portions. This slaw can also be made ahead of time, it’s great to eat the day after once all the flavors have soaked in.


  • 4 cups of shredded cabbage {I used a mixture of purple + green}
  • 1 peach or nectarine, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced small {optional}
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • avocado slices, to serve

Combine all of the ingredients {except sunflower seeds + avocado} in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and plate.

Top with sunflower seeds and avocado slices.

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The post is in sponsorship with Overlook Farm + SeedGeeks; all opinions are my own.

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43 Responses to "Detox Summer Slaw with Peaches + Parsley + scenes from overlook farm!"

  1. Reply

    Maggie C.

    August 6, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    I’m most excited about growing kale for the first time. No one else in my family eats it but I LOVE it!

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    August 6, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    I would love to grow some spinach! This slaw looks delicious – love the colors!

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    Beth Parada

    August 6, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I’m a native St. Louisan and though I’ve bought produce from Overlook Farms, I’ve never been there. Your post makes it look heavenly! I’d love to win the seed giveaway and plant greens, beets, and brussel sprouts! Thanks for your fantastic blog…

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    August 6, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    This looks so yummy! I’m feeling in need of a bit of detox, so I’ll definitely be trying this. Just to make sure…is that 1/4 cup olive oil total or 1/2 cup? I would love to plant some kale or carrots this fall…or both. That’s a pretty good combo, imho.

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    August 7, 2015 at 1:30 AM

    Dang I can seriously TASTE this slaw already—so many gorgeous flavors swirling around in one little bowl. Can’t wait to make. And a farm overnight trip?! Heaven. All that green looks so sweet right now—SoCal summers mean golden brown all over and leave me craving every shade of green imaginable. AND THOSE HORSIES!!!

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    Marla Hoffman

    August 7, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    I would really love to grow some carrots – my 4 year old son loves all the things we are growing in the backyard and it’s helping him understand where his food is coming from and is getting him to eat a lot move vegetables!

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    August 7, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    i was already thinking about growing some mustard, and the red giant variety looks amazing!

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    August 7, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    always want to grow kale!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    August 7, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Love this salad and your trip to the farm! Sounds so fun. Glad you’re exploring and loving your new state this summer! xo

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    August 7, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    That farm sounds lovely! I’ve been growing some veggies in pots over the last few years, and growing your own really does make you appreciate the people who do it well and so naturally. It’s not easy! The summer slaw sounds wonderful. :-)

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    Lisa M

    August 7, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Nice Seed Collection!! I’d really love to get a Children’s Garden Seed planted. I love these packages. I need wanna to build some more raised beds and fill them with seeds for my girls to grow.

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    Jaclyn Brada

    August 7, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Beets and Brussel Sprouts! I love brussel sprouts so much I sometimes eat them raw :) That farm looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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    August 7, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Fall vegetables are my absolute favorite! I love roasted broccoli, and making giant batches of cabbage/kale (mixed together!) to add to meals throughout the week.

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    August 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    well since i have been obsessive with pretty much all things peach this has to happen. i love those farm pics and as a girl with a condo balcony and no means to grow anything i think you are killing it with your produce!!! xo

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    August 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    This place sounds so cool. Part of me wants to jump in the car right now and drive across the state to check it out. Definitely soon, though! Loving all the beautiful colors and flavors in this slaw!

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    Virginia Hamilton

    August 7, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I love to grow herbs but have only found borage for sale once before. It is such a beautiful plant. Now that I have found it from Seed Geeks, I will be ordering it, along with cumin and fenugreek, two other less commonly found herbs. Thanks for sharing the website. Your post was beautiful, too, and your recipes look especially good for the very hot days of summer. I will be trying them soon.

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    August 7, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I’m most forward to growing mustard greens! I grew one plant of it last fall (it came in a variety pack) and it was so good!

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    Alison H.

    August 7, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    I love spinach so I would love to grow some!

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    August 7, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Oh this slaw is right up my alley! Beautiful farm visit, too:)

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    August 7, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Woukd love to grow some long island brussel sprouts on the west coast!

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    August 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    I love slaw! This looks so good, and we all need a good detox every once in a while right! I can’t decide whether or not I’m most excited about the snowball cauliflower or the Early Wonder Beet. I love both! Homegrown cauliflower is really the best though!

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    Meg S

    August 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    That slaw looks delicious! This fall, I’m so excited for brussell sprouts – I love eating them roasted but have never grown them before!

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    August 7, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I would love to grow my own beets. They are one of my favorites!

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    August 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Trying Brussels Sprouts for the first time, pretty excited!

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    Heather S

    August 7, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    I can’t wait to grow radishes!

  26. Reply

    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    August 7, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    The indian kitchen collection!

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    Silex In The City

    August 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Love this post. Your pics and overview of Overview are top notch. I grew up near there and have yet to get there for a visit. New to your blog and a fellow STL resident. Cheers!

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    August 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Oh all! But mostly the red Russian kale. So many cooking possibilities!

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    August 8, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    What a great opportunity to visit a working farm and the pics are lovely.
    Thanks too for sharing the recipe for this slaw. It looks to die for.
    Good luck with the garden.

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    August 8, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Looks yummy! How thinly do you cut the peaches? Any tips if you have a peach stuck on it’s pit?

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    Anna Perelli

    August 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    This salad looks amazing! So perfectly simple and summery. Definitely gonna whip up a little batch this weekend. My hubby and I have had a lot of hits and misses with our garden adventures too… it’s so much trial and error! This fall I’m really looking forward to giving brussel sprouts another whirl! Fingers crossed.

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    August 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    I can’t wait to try beets and kale…and maybe some brussel sprouts…yummm!

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    deneen m.

    August 9, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    I didn’t plant a single thing in my garden beds this year. NOT. ONE. THING. and I feel like a failure for it. Life just got in the way somehow. So, winning a Fall Garden Seed collection would be a way to redeem myself. I love growing cabbages & cauliflowers – there is something really satisfying about watching them grow (ever so slooooowly).

    can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    August 10, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Absolutely. Gardening is difficult, especially the first year or two, or when in a new place. And growing food for people for a living–that’s one of the hardest jobs of all time!
    In my fall garden, I’m excited about celeriac. I have one root that survived the summer and with any luck will start becoming big and fat as soon as the weather turns. I’m a completely non-emotional survival-of-the-fittest-plants gardener and the soil at my community plot is in much need of years worth of love, but we will see!
    It sounds like you will be in tomato heaven/overload soon! :)

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    Kristina N.

    August 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    That slaw looks like my lunches! I love how simple things can be the most nourishing. I started my seeds later than I should have this year, so unfortunately I’ve had quite a bit of failures as well. But one day I’ll learn and grow like my plants :) I eat spinach and kale pretty much every single day, so I would be really excited to grow some of those this fall!

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    August 11, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    I’m excited to try growing Brussels sprouts.

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    August 11, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    I’d like to grow the Long Island Brussels Sprouts and the Cherry Belle Radishes

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    August 11, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    That salad looks delish! I would love to grow broccoli, spinach, culiflower, kale and beets! I love to roast fall veggies. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Nicola Swanson

    August 13, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    I was really gutted for you as I read about all the homegrown you had lost this year and I wish you all the luck for next year. Nothing like the weather to spoil things for you. However, this home made slaw looks absolutely amazing, loving the colours.

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    August 13, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    next time copy Queen Elizabeths gardeners they apparently only use garlic powder for the bugs, that’s all they are allowed to use. I’ve sprinkled it on my two remaining cabbages (the other 12 seedlings got cooked in the greenhouse….I forgot about them boo hoo). First time I’ve planted cabbages and broccoli rab and so far so good with the garlic powder. Just use it liberally cause garlic has ALOT of natural sugar in it and if you go overboard it’s like cement.

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    Sophie | The Green Life

    August 17, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    This slaw looks delicious!! I’m definitely making it soon! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    August 19, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    You’re so lucky to have such a wonderful farm near to you!! I don’t blame you for getting a ton of produce, I do the same thing at the farmers markets ;)

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