CRISPY CHICK PEA KALE CAESAR SALAD

If there’s one go-to salad I reach for throughout the week it’s this one. Generally speaking, I am very healthy, active and eat well. I like to follow a 80/20 mentality when it comes to how I/we eat. 80% healthy, clean foods and 20% leeway to enjoy dessert, cocktails and my sweet tooth on weekends. I am not one for depriving myself and I most certainly am not interested in uneventful, bland “diet” food. For me that just won’t work or last. I want to enjoy what I’m eating and fuel my body at the same time.

I’ve seen lately there is a lot of interest in ‘what I eat in a day’ and topics along that nature. Since it’s come up quite a bit I think it is something worth developing moving forward, but for now I’m exited to start with this kale caesar salad topped with crispy chick peas I’ve been eating non-stop lately. I have no doubt it’ll become a staple in your house too.

I first came across this recipe via my pal Erin Ireland, when I had an insane craving for a vegan buffalo caesar wrap one day and have used this dressing religiously ever since — it’s lemony, salty, garlicy — super satisfying when you want something delicious for lunch.

Then one day I came across this recipe on Pinterest (again, @minimalistbaker) and thought it looked amazing so I recreated my version.

I combined the kale/chick pea components with the yummy vegan caesar dressing and never looked back. I’m hooked. I’ve even gotten my friends and family addicted!

Scroll down for a list of ingredients & a simple guide to make it yourself:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • hummus
  • X1 clove garlic
  • capers
  • dijon mustard
  • olive oil
  • X1 fresh lemon
  • X1 can chick peas
  • X1 bunch kale
  • s + p

TO DO:

Bake Chick Peas | Rinse & dry chick peas. Place in bowl & drizzle olive oil, garlic powder and salt & pepper and mix. Put oven on 350 degrees and bake for roughly 25 mins or until crispy & golden. Once done set aside.

Prep Salad | wash & trim kale from stem. Rip leaves into little pieces (as you prefer, I like lots of little small pieces) and put into a large bowl. Drizzle kale with olive oil and gently massage kale for 5 mins [note: this is key. The more you do this the less bitter and softer the kale will be].

Make Dressing | In a small bowl mix one heaping teaspoon of hummus, chopped capers (to taste), 1 little dollop of dijon mustard, 1 clove garlic, juice of half a lemon (to taste), drizzle olive oil & salt & pepper and mix.

Note: I don’t measure anything, everything to taste. I aim for a smooth, balanced consistency – I like lots of capers, s & p and juice from half a lemon. If the hummus is making it too thick add more lemon. If too lemony, add drizzle of olive oil. You’ll eventually find balance just taste as you go!

Assemble | Mix dressing with kale thoroughly & move to serving bowl. Top with hemp seeds, drizzle of lemon and chick peas & serve!

What I love about this salad is that it’s perfect to make ahead. I bake a big batch of chick peas and make the salad dressing and store them accordingly. Sundays I try (doesn’t always happen) to prep my kale by rinsing, trimming and storing in Stasher bags either in the fridge and/or freezer making it super easy for me to throw this salad together at a whim during the week.

Hope you enjoyed this one! If there’s anything you’d like to add to my list (posts to develop) leave a comment below.

More to come!

Images: Melissa Skoda

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  • Reply Rebecca at

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try!

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