Summer in California is setting in, the temperatures are rising and salads are always welcome. I’ve been on an olive loving kick lately, as well as a chickpea kick (I’ll tell you why soon), so this salad hit the spot with some salty olives, fresh sweet grape tomatoes & red bell peppers, refreshing cucumbers, red onion and fresh cooked chickpeas. All dressed up with a light vinaigrette and nice dollop of hummus. This salad didn’t start with a dollop of hummus, but half way through eating I added a scoop and decided it needed to be included in the recipe. Although I list it as optional, it adds such nice creaminess and rounds it out the salad well. If you find raw kale too hard to eat, even after letting it relax in lemon juice, a dollop of hummus will definitely do a world of good for you. It adds a nice creaminess to the overall salad while masking some of kale’s bitterness. Similar to the Every Day Nourish Bowl, we now have another option of whole hearted goodness to choose from when a craving for salads occur! It’s simple, accessible, not too expensive and good for you. Cheers to all of those things! :)
I have some fun news to share! I’m going to be immersed in all things chickpeas the next few months. I figured this post is a great place to introduce a project I’ve been working so hard on called, CHICKPEA: THE CHICKPEA HANDBOOK/COOKBOOK. It’s all you need to know about chickpeas, with chapters containing information on nutrition, history, types, sprouting, growing (gardening), storing & selecting, flour, cooking and a few other relevant chapters. Plus, it will include upwards of 100+ recipes (not sure where to stop since there’s so many good ones I want to add), including pictures of each one. It will include all of the favorite chickpea recipes from the blog and a ton of new ones. I’m excited out of my mind for this project! I was asked a few months ago what was the one ingredient that was important in my kitchen and my answer was chickpeas. They are so versatile and I use them often, especially for my hummus which is so much more than just a dip. After toying around with a couple cookbook ideas, doing a chickpea cookbook seemed so right. I want to celebrate the chickpea in all its glory and showcase its versatility, all the way from breakfast to desserts. It’s a perfect fit for me and I know it will be a useful addition to any kitchen library! It’s meant to be used often and will have my signature simplicity with a few recipes to kick it up a notch. I’m shooting for the end of the year but am really in no hurry as I want this book to be amazing. I ♥ chickpeas and think we should all eat more of them!
Enjoy the salad, and of course, this will be in the book! :)
MEDITERRANEAN KALE SALAD
- 3/4 bunch kale, stems removed and julienned
- 1 large lemon, juice of
- 1/2 small red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/8 small red onion, sliced
- 1/4 cucumber, sliced
- small handful cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or campari tomatoes, quartered
- small handful cup kalamata olives, pitted
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- dollop of hummus, optional (but so good!), to serve
- fresh chopped parsley, to serve
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- juice of one lemon
- 1 heaping teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, optional
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper, to taste
Remove the stems from the center of the kale leaves, as least the thickest parts. Julienne kale leaves and place in a medium size bowl, add lemon juice, mix to coat the leaves and let set while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. The lemon juice will help soften the kale leaves. Toss every few minutes or so.
In a small bowl, add the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Whisk together until emulsified. It usually takes me about one minute, set aside.
Once you’ve prepped your other ingredients you’re ready to assemble your salad. In a serving dish, add kale and top with bell pepper, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, olives and chickpeas. Add your vinaigrette over top and a dollop of hummus anywhere you like.
Serves one generously.
Depending on the size of your produce, amounts will vary. Adjust accordingly to suit your taste and situation. For instance, I used small Persian cucumbers here but used a whole small one. Typically, you’ll be using a regular or English cucumber and will only use about 1/4 of it, as per the recipe.