Chickpea Kale Salad – Flavored with Lemon and Garlic

Chickpea Kale Salad - Flavored with Lemon and GarlicChickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are wonderful beans to use in many different recipes. Throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, chickpeas are used in soups and stews or pureed into bean dips. Growing up, I ate them sweet as part of certain Filipino desserts. I also like to incorporate chickpeas into cold salads with fresh chopped greens. This chickpea kale salad is a healthy salad, high in protein and super refreshing and flavorful, you’ll want to eat it everyday!

Any kind of chopped green would work like arugula or spinach, but I always have some kale at home, one of the healthiest greens out there. Adding lemon juice and garlic give this salad a nice kick. An easy salad that can be prepared ahead of time, perfect to eat for lunch with a slice of crusty bread.

* Update: After a reader request, I’m adding in the nutritional information for this recipe here

Prepare and chop your ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.

Store covered in fridge. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Chickpea Kale Salad recipe

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 leaves kale, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • pecorino romano or parmesan cheese, grated to taste

In a bowl, combine chickpeas, kale, parsley, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Add salt, pepper and grated cheese to taste. Toss all ingredients together and mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate. Best served at room temperature or chilled. Top with more grated cheese for presentation.

Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2-4 servings
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  1. says

    this looks amazing! i’ve had a bit of a poke around your blog and i’m going to subscribe. thanks! please stop in some time, I always like meeting fellow ‘foodies’


  2. Judy says

    The best salad I can remember ever having. I also added some cilantro. I massaged the chopped kale with the lemon juice with my hands, before adding the rest of the ingredients. I doubled the recipe, so I could use my whole Bunch of Kale that had 8 stems.

  3. Grettel Perricone says

    I made this two nights ago…so simple and deliscious. The lemon gives it that extra kick, makes you want to eat the whole thing…YUM. Thank you.

    • says

      Yes, the lemon gives this salad a wonderful fresh flavor…and the best part is that it’s so simple to make πŸ™‚ Thank you for the comment, Grettel!

  4. says

    Thanks for this recipe. I made it tonight for dinner. Replaced the cheese with feta and increased the amount of kale (I happened to use particularly large leaves). Added a little cumin to the salad. So delicious/easy and best of all, it will only get better over the next couple days.

  5. Katie B says

    Made this last night. SO GOOD and fresh tasting. Can’t stop eating. Easy to make and simple ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. says

    I made this last night and it was so yummy!! I only used 1/2 a lemon. I personally wouldn’t like more than that. I used a little more kale and some mixed greens so it was a little more leafy too. I have left-overs and can’t wait to get home and eat! Thank you for a great recipe that I will now make all the time.

  7. Autumn says

    OMG so I found this on Pinterest lat week and knew I’d love it, just didn’t know how much! Well last night I had some extra time as dinner was cooking and whipped this up to make 2 take to work lunches… well of course I had to taste it after I made it and it was love at first taste! I could have ate the entire bowl right then! But now I’m sitting at my desk at work eating it right now and WOW is it delish! πŸ™‚ Thanks for an easy, quick, yummy, healthy lunch!

    • says

      Wow, thank you so much for commenting, Autumn!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it before…and enjoying it now πŸ™‚ I love this salad. It’s super easy, healthy and still tastes great the next day or two. It’s perfect to double or triple the recipe and serve during a summer picnic or BBQ. Have a great day!

  8. says

    UPDATE: I made your chickpea salad this week and it was great. I didn’t use kale, though, because I’m not a huge fan. Nevertheless, the salad was great and I didn’t know the chickpeas go so well with lemon!

    • says

      That’s awesome, Julia! Glad you liked the dish. Maybe next time you can use another green like spinach or arugula in place of the kale.

  9. says

    I make a version of this w/o the kale but I think I’ll stick w/ your recipe from here on out! Delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it! Managed to save enough to serve over a bed of kale for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! I shared it on Pinterest too!

    • says

      Hi Diane – So happy you loved the salad! I’m sorry the raw garlic was too hot for you! Let me know how the roasted garlic is next time you make this πŸ™‚

  10. Jessica says

    How many cans of chickpeas do you think I need to serve about 10-12 people? I got 4 and was going to up the kale. Do you think that would be good?

  11. Suzi says

    Great salad! The lemon and garlic make it. A dash of red pepper flakes is a nice touch too. *Also, fresh soaked and cooked beans are far superior! I rarely used canned anymore; just put them on to soak when I go to bed. Then cook them as soon as I wake up, and am near the kitchen doing the morning routine anyway. By the time I leave for work they are done and ready for recipes when I get home in the afternoon. πŸ˜‰

  12. says

    Hi, I just found this recipe on Pinterest, and made it right away! I’ve never eaten chickpeas or kale like this (only in hummus or smoothies), but it looked and sounded so delicious and healthy, I had to give it a shot. It is fabulous!! I had to stop myself from eating the whole batch of it for lunch! πŸ™‚ The only change I made was to saute the garlic in the olive oil before adding. That’s what I do for my hummus as well, so you don’t have the harsh garlic taste. Thank you for this recipe! I’m off to check out more of your recipes!

    • says

      Wow that’s great, so happy you loved this recipe, Michelle! I’ll have to try cooking the garlic as well. Thanks so much for your comment and hope to hear from you again! πŸ™‚

  13. Nicole K. says

    How long do you think this would last in the fridge? I am thinking of making a batch and using it for lunches for the week.

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