Kale Contest Entry: Jesse’s Crispy Chickpea & Kale Salad

Jesse, from Out to Lunch Creations, loves to play in the kitchen and is always creating delicious, healthy recipes. She focuses on whole food ingredients and has developed vegetarian and vegan recipes for pretty much every type of herbivore. Jesse says that the creamy and fresh crunch of this Crispy Chickpea & Kale Salad is “seriously addictive and it is a great way to turn kale skeptics into kale lovers.” Does this recipe get your vote? Tell us with a comment below and be sure to “like” her recipe post on the YumUniverse Facebook Page if so!

Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 40min
Serving size: 4 large sides

1 large head kale, stems removed/chopped/torn into bite-sized
2 avocados, diced

Crispy Chickpeas
1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
3 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp coriander, whole
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¾ cups raw cashews or ¾ cup sesame seeds for a nut free version
2 garlic cloves
¾ cup tahini
2 tsp white miso paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of ¼ a lemon (1 tbsp)
2 tsp nutritional yeast
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
½ cup water
2 tsp tamari
1 tsp pepper


Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a large bowl mix the chickpeas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, 3 tbsp melted coconut oil, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, pepper, paprika, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Spread out on the baking sheet and cook for 40min, stirring every 10min.

For dressing, place the cashews (or sesame seeds) and garlic in a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. The dressing will be much thicker than regular salad dressing.

In a large bowl massage dressing into the kale. Top with the avocado and sprinkle with the crispy chickpea and seed mixture.




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  1. Lisa

    I LOVE kale salads and this recipe sounds delicious. It gets my vote!

  2. Kacy

    This looks great Jesse! I’ve been wanting to make something similar to this for a while. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. jessica

    made this tonight- and it was the best thing i have made in a LONG time. thank you!

  4. Trisha

    Looks great – gets my vote!

  5. Amanda

    Holy Moly, this is amazing! The dressing is absolutely incredible. I only needed half of it for one salad. I’m so excited that there is enough to make this again. Congrats on a great recipe!

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