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Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sesame Dressing

Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sesame Dressing

Serves: 4

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces
Tags: Athletic/Higher caloric

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Kale and Swiss chard, two greens with peak nutrient density, get tossed with chickpeas, tomatoes and a tasty sesame dressing. Letting the salad "marinate" in the dressing for 15 minutes tenderizes and softens the kale.

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12 cups torn kale leaves, tough stems removed
6 cups torn Swiss chard leaves
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium chickpeas, drained
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
For the Dressing:
2/3 cup unhulled sesame seeds
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon coconut aminos
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients.

For the dressing, add sesame seeds and 1/4 cup of the water to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth Add remaining water and dressing ingredients and continue blending until smooth and creamy, adding additional water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

Toss salad with desired amount of dressing. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Save leftover dressing for another use. It will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Calories 400; Protein 18 g; Carbohydrates 57 g; Sugars 7 g; Total Fat 15.2 g; Saturated Fat 2.1 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 251 mg; Fiber 13.9 g; Beta-Carotene 20706 ug; Vitamin C 268 mg; Calcium 581 mg; Iron 10.2 mg; Folate 202 ug; Magnesium 238 mg; Potassium 1617 mg; Zinc 4 mg; Selenium 13.2 ug

Comments (6):



06/13/2014 08:55 AM

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The ingredients look nice, but I'm puzzled by this salad recipe. It seems like a lot of nuts/seeds for a relatively small amount of vegetables. It looks like enough vegetables for maybe 2 people, but enough tahini or seeds for more like 4-8 people.
This comment was last edited on 06/13/2014 08:56 AM


06/14/2014 05:59 PM

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this is very good recipe. I added a cup of cooked quinoa and made the seasoning little more liquid. I recommend it!!


06/15/2014 09:12 PM

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I made this dressing and did not like it at all. Not sure if it's the recipe or me.


07/04/2014 09:06 PM

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Really liked this combination of flavors! The dressing was a little too thick for my liking, so just added some additional water. Didn't combine the dressing and salad so the leftovers would keep better in the refrigerator. Also received very positive comments from friends who tasted it as well.


01/24/2015 03:17 PM

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I made this salad for dinner last night as a switch from the usual mixed vegetable salad we usually have with dinner. I served it with Dr. Fuhrman's chicken-seasoned quinoa and artichokes recipe, and the two blended together very well. I was out of red onions (and had used a lot of onion in the other dish), so I added shredded carrots instead, mainly for color. The dressing was very good, but too thick for me. Like Mds319, I did not add it to the salad, rather served it on the side. To the dressing I added 1/4 tsp. of EarthFare pickling spice, 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro, 1 tsp. Trader Joe's pomegranate vinegar and 1 T. unsweetened pomegranate juice. It was still too thick, nor could I get it to blend smoothly, even in my vitamix. So, next time I will finely chop and re-hydrate the raisins in advance, and try adding more water, as suggested above, or some other vinegars, to thin it to pouring consistency. All in all, though, a nice reicpe.


05/02/2016 11:50 PM

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I loved this recipe but think the amount of sesame seeds was too much. I ended up doubling the amount of fluids in the dressing plus extra water and more spices! I ended up with a beautiful dressing but it was a long way from the original amounts of ingredients.
This comment was last edited on 05/02/2016 11:52 PM