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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51 Responses to “Chickpea Kale Salad – Flavored with Lemon and Garlic”

  1. Mao Mao Kitty January 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Perfect lunch idea for the Healthy New Year I’m working on!

  2. Barb January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Awesome, good luck with your resolution!
    I just had it again, it’s even better on day two.

  3. Lindsey @ Our Share of the Harvest January 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Chickpeas and kale–two of my favorites! Looks like a great workday lunch πŸ™‚

    • Barb January 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. Totally agree, great to bring to work, you can make it the night before and it’ll taste great the next day.

  4. Megan January 15, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    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’


    • Barb January 15, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks Megan! I’ll stop by for sure

  5. Dan Toombs - The Curry Guy January 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    This chickpea recipe looks really good.

    I am always looking for new things to do with chickpeas. Love the kale idea.


    • Barb January 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Thank you, Dan! Chickpeas are wonderful to use in salads. Spinach would also taste delicious.

  6. Judy January 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    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.

    • Barb January 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Thanks so much Judy!

      Love the idea of adding cilantro, need to try that next time. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. Cookie and Kate January 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Chickpeas and kale are one of my favorite combos! This dish looks absolutely delicious.

    • Barb January 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      I agree, it’s a wonderful combination. Thanks for stopping by Kate!

  8. Michelle January 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Consider it done! Yum!

  9. Grettel Perricone January 27, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    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.

    • Barb January 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      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!

  10. Stephanie @ Dessert Before Dinner February 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    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.

    • Barb February 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Awesome πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment. Love the idea of adding feta cheese, will try that next time.

  11. Jessica February 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I just made this and it’s wonderful! Super healthy and super tasty; perfection! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Barb February 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Jessica! So happy you liked it πŸ™‚

  12. Katie B March 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

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

    • Barb March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Katie! Glad you enjoyed it, it’s also one of my favorites.

  13. TheFoodYogi March 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    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.

    • Barb March 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      That’s awesome, thanks for the feedback! Next time I also want to add other greens, glad you liked it.

  14. tracy April 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    would LOVE to sign up for newsletter…Great recipes!!!!!

    • Barb April 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks Tracy! You can sign up through

      If you’re having trouble I can manually add you to the newsletter.
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  15. Julia July 1, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Oh, this looks so good! I’m definitely going to try it myself.

  16. Autumn July 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    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!

    • Barb July 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      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!

  17. Julia July 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    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!

    • Barb July 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      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.

  18. Genelle July 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    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!

    • Barb July 23, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      That’s awesome, Genelle! Serving it on a bed of kale sounds great. And thanks for the Pinterest love πŸ™‚

  19. Traci September 10, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Delicious, and so fresh tasting! Love the parmesan mixed in. Shared this recipe with some of my friends already.

    • Barb September 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks, Traci. Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  20. Karen September 17, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I tried it this weekend and it was DELICIOUS!!! I recommended it to my sister and she made it up as well and enjoyed it.

    • Barb September 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      That’s awesome, Karen! Glad you and your sister liked the dish πŸ™‚

  21. Diane September 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Made this and LOVED it except the raw garlic was VERY hot and biting to the tongue!! Will try it again using roasted garlic.

    • Barb September 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      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™‚

  22. Dina November 19, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I love basic healthy recipes like this!

  23. Shoba Shrinivasan November 20, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I love chickpea in any form. Since we are strict vegetarians chickpeas, quinoa etc are the very available form of protein. Clicks are also gorgeous!


    • Barb November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks so much, Shobha! We love chickpeas in anything as well πŸ™‚

  24. Jessica November 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    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?

    • Barb November 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Sure, if you have other food served I think 4 cans plus more kale should work!

  25. Jessica November 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Ok great thanks!

  26. Suzi January 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    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˜‰

    • Barb January 10, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      Hi Suzi – My husband likes to add red pepper flakes as well, they add a nice kick! Thanks for the helpful tips πŸ™‚

  27. Michelle April 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    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!

    • Barb April 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      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™‚

  28. Shraddha June 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm #


    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it πŸ˜€ Love Kale and chickpea… delicious recipe. However I did make some changes and shared it on my blog and linked to here for the original recipe πŸ˜€
    Thank you for sharing!

  29. Nicole K. January 23, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    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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