Monday just gave me a knowing wink, then passed me a giant serving of this Super Summer Detox Salad.

Super Summer Detox Salad

I’m not sure who cued Mr. Monday into my Friday night bar bill, showed him the recycling bin after Saturday’s excursion on the lake (I promise I shared that six-pack and guac!), or mentioned Sunday night’s barbecue bonanza (kudos to my sister-in-law, who cooked five pounds of fall-apart tender spare ribs), but he has a way of cajoling me into atoning for my weekend excesses. It’s as if the “M” on my calendar stands for “Make Amends.” On Mondays, I restore the equilibrium of my digestive system, and thanks to wonderful, nutrient-rich meals like this super summer detox salad, I feel happy and satisfied while completing the task.

Super Food Detox Salad with Cherries and Kale

Summer Detox Salad with Cherries and Kale

About This Delicious Detox Salad with Kale

I created this salad the week after we returned from New York City, which if you’ve so much as skimmed that post, you might have an idea why I felt compelled to up my intake of greens. In the Big Apple, we ate with the guilt-free gusto of vacation, regretting only our lack of stomach space. Though I certainly wouldn’t trade the midnight pork buns, daily croissants, melt-in-your-mouth pastas, and fried chicken we enjoyed for a salad bar, I arrived home in a body crying out for a reset (and vegetables).

I’ve long been suspicious of stereotypical juice-based detoxes (plus, I completely lack the will power to subsist on liquids alone), so instead, I created a filling meal based around antioxidant-rich foods. The result is a hearty salad loaded with texture, good-for-you-ingredients, and bursting with fresh summer flavor.

Ultimate Detox Salad

Let’s review our detox dream team: crunchy kale; bright cherries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and grapes would be excellent too); walnuts; whole grains (I used farro—quinoa or brown rice are good swaps, if you prefer); artichokes; lemon; and chickpeas, plus red onions for a little zip.

I can already feel the power.

Super Summer Detox Salad. Something this good for you shouldn't taste this delicious! Made with cherries, kale, chickpeas, and other antioxidant rich foods

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead. Chop all the vegetables up to 1 day in advance and store them in the refrigerator.
  • To Store. Place leftover salad in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I actually thought it tasted even better leftover, after the kale had mellowed and softened a bit.

More Healthy Salad Recipes

In the event you need one more reason to toss together this detox salad, let it be the season. Once again, I’m joining the #EatSeasonal blogger team to share a round up of recipes highlighting produce that is at its peak of freshness and flavor. The June list is dreamy.

What's in Season for June

Honestly, I think I could make some version of this detox salad with just about every ingredient on this list, and I hope you feel inspired to do the same.

Summer Detox Salad. Packed with the Top 10 antioxidant rich foods. Serve for lunch, at a potluck, or top with chicken for dinner

Monday, give me all the knowing looks you like—I’ve got a forkful of summer detox salad, and I’ll dominate any stare down.

Super Summer Detox Salad

Super Summer Detox Salad

4.67 from 3 votes
A healthy and filling detox salad loaded with antioxidant rich ingredients like kale, cherries, walnuts, and artichokes in a light lemon dressing.

Total: 30 mins

Servings: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked farro or quinoa
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large or 2 small lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for cooking the farro
  • 1 large bunch kale leaves (about 10 to 12 ounces) destemmed and chopped
  • 1 cup pitted cherries halved
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 ounces) rinsed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (14 ounces) rinsed and sliced into quarters if large
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut halves roughly chopped


  • Place the farro in a medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed and the farro is tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a large serving bowl. While the farro cooks, prepare the other ingredients.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, briskly whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until well combined. Pour over the warm farro, then toss to coat. Add the kale, cherries, chickpeas, red onions, and artichokes and toss to combine. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top. If time allows, place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the kale to tenderize. Enjoy.


  • Leftover Summer Detox Salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days.


Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPotassium: 439mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5679IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Hi Erin! Do you think this salad would  taste okay swapping arugula for the kale? Let me know what you think! :) 

    1. I’m sure that would be tasty Tracey! The arugula will have a much more peppery taste so it will change the flavor profile somewhat, but if you like arugula, then I’m sure you’d enjoy that. The arugula also won’t last as long in the refrigerator as kale once it’s mixed in (it wilts more quickly once it has dressing on it), so if you’d like leftovers, you might consider waiting to stir into the arugula only into the portion you are planning to eat right away.

  2. What type of nut would substitute best? I’m allergic to walnuts so I was thinking maybe pecans or almonds. Just curious if anyone had tried switching that up. Thanks!

    1. Melissa, I think either would be delicious, truly! Personally, I think I’d go for pecans with this flavor combo, but you really can’t go wrong.

      1. Thank you so much for the reply Erin! Made tonigh using pecans (and kale just picked from my garden) and it’s so GOOD!

    1. Hi Sharon! I started providing a nutrition estimate for recipes published 2016 and on, but unfortunately it’s too time consuming to go back to previous recipes. Online calculators like MyFitnessPal can help if you’re interested in knowing the nutrition estimates!

  3. I just want you to know that I make this salad EVERY SINGLE WEEK when cherries are available and it is my ALL TIME FAVORITE thing to eat…I’m not kidding. I’m obsessed with it. So THANK YOU so much for creating it and sharing it!5 stars

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