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marinated kale bowl with smoky chickpeas
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Kale salad with Smoky Chickpeas

This kale salad with smoky chickpeas is a delightful healthy meal you'll love. The smoked paprika adds the smoky note on the chickpea, making kale salad recipe very delicious.
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time18 mins
resting10 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: clean eating, healthy, Vegan
Keyword: kale salad, kale salad recipe, roasted chickpeas
Servings: 4 people
Author: Githu


  • A vegetable steamer
  • A large salad bowl


  • 3 large kale leaves
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ½ small sweet potato ( choose colored)
  • ½ little piece butternut about a cup or two
  • ½ a small piece culiflower head
  • ½ bell pepper; diced
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tbs cold-pressed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar ( I used apple cider vinegar)
  • salt
  • cayenne or hot spice of your choice
  • lemon


Marinated kales

  • Clean and destem kales cutting them into bite sizes, put them in a big salad bowl
  • Dice the garlic put it on the kales
  • Add vinegar and a tbs of oil, sprinkle with some salt
  • Press half of the lemon on the kale
  • Massage the kale leaves by squeezing them with your hands.
  • Cover the bowl with a kitchen cloth and let kale marinate for 30 mins

Steamed veggies

  • Clean all your veggies and cut them into chunks
  • Put them in a steamer, sprinkle them with some salt, and steam for 15 mins or so, till a knife can go through the sweet potato
  • Remove them and put them in a bowl with cold water to cool them

Smoked chickpeas

  • Drain your chickpeas before preparing the kales
  • In a pan add the smoked paprika, garam masala, and 1 tbs of oil. Let them heat on a medium-high heat but don't let the oil smoke
  • Bring the chickpeas in the pan, stir them well so that they're coated with the spices
  • Cover and stir now and then for about 7 mins, spices will coat on the pan
  • Cut off the heat and remove the chickpeas from the pan
  • Bring the kale in the pan and stir, cover with a lid for about 5mins. The kale will pick up the smoked paprika that is coating the base of the pan but you can also add a teaspoon of water and scrape off the spices with a wooden spoon then mix the kale around the pan.

Assembling marinated kale salad

  • You can opt to serve the kale bowl in individual bowls separating each ingredient OR
  • You can add all the ingredients in the large bowl and toss them gently. Personally, I love them this way
  • Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Add the last tbs of oil, and mix well. Serve after tasting for seasoning.
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  • Depending on the sizes of your veggies, they might take longer or short time to steam. 
  • You don't have to count or weigh these veggies, make a lot and keep them in the fridge for the meals to come, plus, you need to eat a lot of vegetables anyway.