Protein Packed Detox Salad

If you’re in need of a healthy & protein filled meal, you must try this detox salad! It’s the perfect salad to make on Sunday and enjoy for lunch all week!

Easy healthy recipe - Protein Packed Detox Salad. Loaded with chicken, chickpeas and veggies! Store individual portions in mason jars for a healthy lunch! #detox #salad #cleaneating #recipe
Are you on a big holiday hangover like me?? I ate lots of sugar cookies, tons of chocolate and every carb loving side dish I wanted for the past week. Getting back on track is a must… mainly because I want to fit in all of the new clothes I bought online after Christmas. :)

Easy healthy recipe - Protein Packed Detox Salad. Loaded with chicken, chickpeas and veggies! Store individual portions in mason jars for a healthy lunch! #detox #salad #cleaneating #recipe

I like to call this detox salad my Monday salad. My cheat day is usually on Saturday or Sunday, so when Monday comes around, I’m in need of veggies and protein. Detox Salad has chicken and chickpeas (bring on the protein!!), cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, chives and cilantro. Top with an easy homemade vinegar based dressing and it’s time to eat!

Easy healthy recipe - Protein Packed Detox Salad. Loaded with chicken, chickpeas and veggies! Store individual portions in mason jars for a healthy lunch! #detox #salad #cleaneating #recipe

I’m guessing many of you have resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier in 2014. This salad will totally help you achieve your goals! I have two healthy eating tips for you. First, plan ahead for the week and cook a package (or two) of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker on Sunday. Having healthy food on hand and ready to go is a life saver. Which brings me to my second tip, prepare this salad on Sunday and store individual portions in mason jars. Pour in 2 tablespoons of salad dressing in each mason jar, then add chicken, chickpeas, green pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. I’ll prepare 5 mason jars and then I have lunch ready for every work day. It’s an amazing tip and will help you from straying from your healthy eating resolutions!

Protein Packed Detox Salad. Loaded with chicken, chickpeas and veggies! Store individual portions in mason jars for a healthy lunch! #detox #salad #cleaneating #recipe

This Detox Salad is loaded with protein and fiber, which will help you stay fuller for a longer period of time. This salad is easy to take to work and enjoy for lunch. My Monday routine always includes this salad and helps me stay on track with good eating habits all week long!

Protein Packed Detox Salad


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I like a lot of acid in a salad dressing, feel free to scale back if needed.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salad:
  • 2 cups cooked skinless, boneless chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed and diced
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, minced


  1. Combine & mix all of the salad dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. Pour 2 tbsp of salad dressing on each salad portion.
  3. To make an individual mason jar serving, add ingredients in this order - first add 2 tbsp salad dressing, chicken, chickpeas, green pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro and chives. It's important to keep the more delicate greens and vegetables away from the salad dressing. When ready to eat, shake and serve.
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36 Responses

  1. Angela @ Protein Companion says

    As per your suggestion, I made this salad last night and stored it in containers for every day of the week. Had it today for lunch and it was absolutely delish! Can’t wait till tomorrow to have it again.

  2. Zeke says

    Yess, this is exactly what I need, a tasty but healthy salad packed full of protein. Thanks alot. Zeke

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  4. Maria o says

    How often do you eat this, other than the five days

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  6. Kelsey H says

    How many servings is this?

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      4-5 servings

      • Sue says

        Do you have nutritional information on this salad

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  8. Narda says

    Sounds great! I’m going to try it with the chicken and also try it with tuna (from the pouch)!

  9. Melinda says

    I was just wondering how you cook your chicken in the crock pot? Some special recipe and for how long? I’m newly back to work and forgetting to make a lunch is killing my waistline!

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      I’ll season the chicken with salt and pepper and hit cook. That’s all you need!

  10. Tina says

    Can you substitute cilantro and chives with something else? Salad sounds delicious

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Hi Tina, you can swap the parsley for the cilantro. In regards to the chives, try green onions or just omit it completely.

  11. kathy e krqafft says

    what can I use instead of Honey it causes me to get migraines. is there a good substitute? also why remove the seeds? They are the best part of the cucumber to me.

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Hi Kathy, you can use agave syrup or maple syrup. Feel free to leave in the seeds if you like them. I don’t like their texture. (so it’s a personal preference!)

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  13. BkMidnight says

    Silly question (I never used mason jars) how big in oz. is the mason jar ?

  14. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! says

    This looks delicious and the perfect way to get back on track after the holidays. I’m heading to the store now to pick up all the ingredients. Thank you!
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    • Meghan Early Swint says

      It totally is! Plus, it’s a hearty salad so you won’t feel like your skimping out on a meal.

  15. Sherri@ The Well Floured Kitchen says

    This looks incredible! I’ve seen the mason jar salads everywhere, and I’m excited to have some leftover jars from a Christmas Craft. I’m curious how my husband will like the lunch in a jar.
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    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Let me know what he thinks!! I think it’s a very portable lunch! :)

  16. margy says

    Could you use tuna?

  17. Al says

    Could you substitute the cilantro and chives for spinach?

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Sure. Just make sure the spinach is away from the dressing if you store it in a mason jar.

  18. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says

    This is perfect for getting back on track!
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    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Totally! It’s really good and it will keep you full till snack time. :)

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  20. SarahE says

    This looks so good, and healthy. I have been doing shakes for lunch for so long, something healthy and easy is just what I need.

    I was wondering, does this recipe make 5 portions, with 2 tbsp of each ingredient? Or does it need to be doubled?

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      Hi Sarah! This salad makes me 4-5 portions. I’ll use 2 tbsp of salad dressing for each potion. In regards to the portion sizes of the other ingredients, I just eyeball it.

  21. Jan says

    What other meat could I use? I do not like chicken.

  22. Heather @ French Press says

    Meghan this is genius – I love that is is portioned out
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  23. Johnna@thecharmitspot says

    Mmm this one looks good! I could definitely use some more wholesome and nutritious meals after this past Christmas (and upcoming New Years!). Love the use of the mason jars! Really adds a nice touch. :-)


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