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Flavorful Kale Salad with Chickpeas

This Flavorful Kale Salad is loaded with flavor and nutrients. Some people do not like kale because it can be a bit rough on the palate and has a slightly bitter taste, but lemon can bring out the flavor by softening texture and bitterness. Garlic pairs well with lemon and adds a pinch of spiciness, while the crispy chickpeas add another layer of texture. If you think that salads are boring, this one will change your mind!

Flavorful Kale Salad with Chickpeas

  • Servings: 2
  • Ready In: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces kale
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Health Benefits

  • Kale: powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that may help lower the risk of chronic disease.
  • Chickpeas: high in protein for improved digestion and weight management.
  • Garlic: contains allicin, which has antimicrobial powers, regulates blood pressure, and lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Lemon: contains vitamin C, which can help promote hydration and support digestion.
  • Cumin: rich in iron, cumin helps support growth and digestion and may inhibit inflammation.
  • Turmeric: contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: rich in monounsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Apple cider vinegar: promotes weight loss and may reduce bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • Honey: rich in antioxidants, which help lower blood pressure.
  • Black pepper: helps improve digestion and has antibacterial properties.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  2. The best way to cut kale for salads is to use a technique called chiffonnade 

    (the process of slicing into thin ribbons).
  3. Place the kale in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Massage for 1 minute, and set aside.
  4. Mince garlic cloves.
  5. Add drained chickpeas to a mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and turmeric. Mix all the ingredients.
  6. Whisk together 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
  7. Add chickpeas and dressing to the bowl with the kale and mix.

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