Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

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kale salad with crispy chickpeas recipe
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We adore salads with a million toppings. Bring on the olives, avocado, croutons and goat cheese medallions. But sometimes we’re in the mood for a simple salad that’s packed with protein but still feels light. And on those days, kale salad with crispy chickpeas is absolute perfection.


Crispy Chickpeas

One 28-ounce can chickpeas, drained

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


4 anchovies

1 garlic clove, smashed

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Juice of 1 lemon

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Kale Salad

1 large bunch Lacinato kale, shredded

⅓ cup Parmesan cheese


1. Make the Crispy Chickpeas: Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, lemon zest and paprika to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and roast until very crisp, 40 to 45 minutes. Stir the chickpeas once or twice during cooking. Let cool to room temperature.

3. Make the Dressing: In a medium bowl, mash the anchovies, garlic and salt together to combine. Stir in the mustard and lemon juice; mix well.

4, Add the olive oil gradually and whisk well to combine. Season with pepper.

5. Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, toss the kale with the dressing. Top with the cooled chickpeas. Shave the Parmesan with a vegetable peeler to make large curls. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
  • Crispy Chickpeas

  • 229 calories

  • 8g fat

  • 31g carbs

  • 10g protein

  • 6g sugars

  • Dressing

  • 170 calories

  • 18g fat

  • 1g carbs

  • 1g protein

  • 0g sugars

  • Kale Salad

  • 45 calories

  • 2g fat

  • 4g carbs

  • 4g protein

  • 1g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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