Kale Caesar Salad with Crunchy Chickpeas

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You know how when kids grow up they have that one FAVORITE food/meal at every restaurant? I saw my little cousin the other day ordering, yet again, mac and cheese with french fries. Typically at a certain age, kids are picky and have certain “comfort” foods that they always go to (cue the chicken fingers, mac and cheese, grilled cheese). However my “go-to” food was a caesar salad - no chicken. I loved the creamy dressing, the croutons, the loads of parmesan cheese. It drove my parents insane!

The thing with Caesar salads is that they are not necessarily made up of all the good veggies that some salads contain. Yet, they are satisfying and delicious and an easy vehicle to add-in some other healthy boosters! I believe it is important to not only nourish our bodies with a variety of foods, but to also choose foods that are satisfying and enjoyable. I re-created my favorite dish with some of the trendy greens (KALE) and with chickpeas as croutons as I am now gluten-free.

The kale will provide different nutrients from the typical romaine - and is a darker green with plenty of vitamins/minerals. The chickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber, and are roasted in avocado oil for some extra healthy fats. The dressing is made with healthy fats and oils to make a nutritious and satisfying meal. Check the details below:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 head of kale

  • 4 tbsp Olive oil

  • 1 can of Chickpeas

  • 1/4 cup mayo (I used Chosen Foods avocado oil mayo)

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp minced garlic

  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

  • Parmesan cheese (as much as you would like)

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Strip the kale leaves from the fibrous middle and massage in a teaspoon of olive oil for about 3 minutes.

    • To massage: in a bowl of kale leaves and oil, gently massage the kale with your hands, pressing the oil into the leaves to help break down the fiber. This will aid in the digestion of a fibrous green!

  • Roast chickpeas (directions here)

  • Dressing: Mix together 1/4c @chosenfoods avocado oil mayo, 3-4 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 garlic clove (or tsp of paste/minced), juice from 1/2 a lemon (more if preferred), salt and pepper to taste.

  • Mix all ingredients together and add parmesan cheese to the top!