Unlike most salads which get soggy overnight, this Avocado Kale Salad tastes even better when prepared ahead for the next day.
The trick is that you truly have to massage the kale… Tossing it with utensils just doesn’t yield the same results.
While you can eat it right away, consider making extra for tomorrow’s lunch. In fact, it holds well overnight and tastes even better when the flavors have more time to blend.
The chickpea croutons add a nice little crunch. But if you’re pressed for time, you can skip baking them and just add them as is for some plant-protein.
Here’s the recipe:
Avocado Kale Salad with Chickpea Croutons
FOR THE KALE SALAD
1 bunch curly kale, stems removed, torn into bite size pieces
1 ripe avocado, chopped
¼ tsp. salt, or to taste
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1/4 cup seeds (raw or sprouted sunflower, pumpkin, hemp or a mix of all three)
FOR THE CROUTONS
1 1/2 cups of chickpeas (1 can)
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne or chipotle powder (optional)
Pink salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
- Put kale in a large bowl.
- Top with avocado, salt and juice of lime.
- Use your hands to “massage” and squeeze the avocado into the kale for 1-2 minutes. (Your hands will get messy, but it won’t taste the same if you just mix it with utensils.) The kale will shrink in size and appear darker.
- Top the kale with the remaining ingredients: red onion, cilantro, red pepper flakes, seeds and roasted chickpeas (optional). Mix well with utensils.
FOR THE CHICKPEAS
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a bowl, mix chickpeas, oil and spices (you can add salt and black pepper to taste) until well coated.
- Lay chickpeas out flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, give the pan a shake to move everything around, then bake for another 10-15 minutes. (You can pre-make a large batch of these and use them throughout the week. Store in an airtight container in the fridge).
Get the printable recipe here.
And if you like want a burger to go with the salad, try this Umami Chickpea Burger.
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