Kale Salad with Chopped Chickpeas and Adobo Dressing

Kale Salad with Chopped Chickpeas and Adobo Dressing

Kale Salad with Chopped Chickpeas and Adobo Dressing

We used to like ordering a salad at a restaurant that had roasted chicken, cornmeal croutons, and a smoky-sweet dressing as the basis for this dish.

We used chickpeas for the chicken and candied pecans for the cornmeal in our version to keep it vegetarian and gluten-free. To save time, we also created a 5-minute smoky chipotle dressing.

As a consequence, the salad is immensely filling and well balanced between smokey, spicy, salty, and sweet flavors. There are only 8 ingredients and 30 minutes needed. Do this now!

Indian and Mexican cuisines, two of our favorites, both served as the inspiration for this recipe. 

The chickpeas are first roasted with avocado oil, tandoori masala flavor, and sea salt to make this salad.

Don’t cut corners here; you want the chickpeas to be well covered in the spices! We do, in fact, mean 2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons!

You may also use pre-made crispy chickpeas from the grocery store to make this salad even easier.

Friends, this flavor is perilously near to candy.

We like to make a half batch, removing the walnuts and substituting 1 cup of pecans.

Candied pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet for our chickpea-and-chopped-kale salad
The salad should next be put together and the dressing made.

Kale Salad with Chopped Chickpeas and Adobo Dressing
A stunning kale salad featuring candied nuts, tandoori masala-roasted chickpeas, massaged kale, and a 5-minute smoky adobo dressing. For this plant-based, gluten-free main dish or side dish, only 8 ingredients and 30 minutes are needed.


1 can of chickpeas, 15 ounces (rinsed, drained, and thoroughly dried)
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of tandoori masala spice mix (see notes for DIY blend)
1 sensible pinch of sea salt
FOR SERVING not required
50% of a batch of candied pecans (or other nuts of choice)
6 cups of kale, chopped
Tbsp of lime juice
1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil


Half a cup of grape tomatoes, 5-Minute Chipotle smoked Dressing 
190 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven.

In a mixing dish, combine the dried and drained chickpeas with the oil and spices. Next, put on a baking sheet.
Bake the chickpeas for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are somewhat crispy and golden. Take out of the oven, then leave aside.
Optional: Make candied pecans while the chickpeas bake. Use just pecans instead of walnuts if you’re following our recipe. One cup of pecans total because we only prepared half a batch (adjust amounts if adjusting serving size).

Prepare 5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Dressing in the interim.
To prepare the salad, place the kale in a serving dish or plate and tenderize for 1 minute by massaging with a little lime juice and oil. Then garnish with the dressing and add the roasted chickpeas, grape tomatoes, and candied nuts (if desired). Coat by tossing.
Fresh is ideal. Pecans and dressing leftovers should be kept separately and kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Not suitable for freezing.