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Plate of vegan kale Greek salad with marinated chickpeas

Kale Greek Salad with Marinated Chickpeas

A fresh & healthy Greek-inspired salad with tangy marinated chickpeas! Great for packed lunches and make-ahead meals.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:25 mins
Total Time:25 mins
CourseMain Dish, Salad, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings4 large bowls (or 8 as a side dish)

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 small bunch kale (I use curly)
  • 1 English cucumber (hothouse)
  • 6 oz. cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (or 1-2 roasted bell peppers from a jar)
  • Optional: kalamata olives, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, vegan feta, fresh herbs

For the lemon-vinegar dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 fresh garlic clove, minced)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (more/less as desired)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add all dressing ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  • Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add to bowl with dressing. Toss well to thoroughly coat. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the salad.
  • Tear or chop kale into small pieces* (large stems removed). Add to a large bowl and lightly massage to tenderize.
  • Dice cucumber and bell pepper. Thinly slice onion. Halve/quarter grape tomatoes. Add to bowl with kale.
  • Add marinated chickpeas on top with any remaining dressing. Lightly toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate to let flavors develop even further. (Be sure to stir again before serving as some dressing will settle at the bottom.)

Notes

Other additions: Kalamata olives, artichokes, pepperoncini, or vegan feta cheese.
*Chopped salad: This salad is great "chopped" style and scooped up with a spoon. Simply chop your kale + veggies into smaller pieces.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 142 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 550 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 2819 IU | Vitamin C: 70 mg | Calcium: 96 mg | Iron: 2 mg