Chickpea Kale Salad.
Also there are only a couple places that have this dressing without the anchovies. I'm sad to say this, but not ashamed just to bring some clarity. I am a very precise eater, others would say picky. I like to think of the food that goes into my body the same way I think of people I keep around me. I only want the best and ingredients that won't make me vomit. When I say the best, I don't mean monetarily either. I mean really good food that makes me happy about eating it and/or spending my money on it. So as much as I love different salads, I'm very picky about where I eat my greens. I'm one of those people who believe they can make something better at home and I'm usually correct about that assumption.
So I want to share my favorite salad to make at home that not only I enjoy, but my five year old requests daily.
I discovered this really amazing vegan dressing at Trader Joe's called Goddess dressing. It reminds you of Cesar dressing with a Tahini base. It is my go to dressing for kale salads, spinach salads and even on my felafel rolls.
Preheat Oven to 425 degrees
Step One: Take a can of garbanzo beans and drain them. Then place them in a non stick pan. Slightly drizzle with olive oil.
Step Two: Season beans with Turmeric, roasted garlic pepper and Cajun. Keep in mind when seasoning that you don't need to coat the beans. Just sprinkle each seasoning in a small amount.
Step Three: Shake the beans around in pan so that they get the seasoning and oil, then place in oven for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy.
Step Four: Pull apart about two to three leaves of kale after washing them. After you remove them from the stem and slightly chop, place them in a bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over the kale. Not too much, just enough to slightly wet kale. Then add the Goddess dressing. I try not to use too much as I still want the kale to be a source of health.
Step Five: Take beans from the oven. Scoop up about two spoonfuls and sprinkle on salad. Toss salad around and enjoy.
It's a simple, easy and quick salad. The warm beans add a nice balance to the cool lemon juice and dressing. Kale, lemon and Garbanzo beans are a source for vitamins good for heart and colon health. Your getting the similar taste of a Cesar salad with croutons, but you are intaking a much healthier version.