Thursday’s Tasty Throwdown: A Salad Even the Kids Will Love!

Hey there fellow foodies! As we promised you last week, welcome to our first Tasty Throwdown with a Twist! I have been threatened asked by several people for the recipe for this chickpea and kale salad. So I figured, what better recipe to start with than this? It’s super easy and super tasty! All of my kids love this salad and are happy to eat it when I make it!

So here are the ingredients you will need to get started:

  • Adobe – all purpose
  • Mrs Dash
  • Weber New Orleans Cajun spice
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Curry powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Craisins
  • Tomato
  • Kale
  • Red onion
  • Chickpeas
  • Sea Salt
Note: I usually take the dry chickpeas (one regular sized bag) and soak them overnight. I then cook them according to the package directions (boiling them for about 45 minutes or until soft). Once they are cooked, I let them cool down and put them in the fridge to chill. If you are pressed for time (which I have been before), you can also use Organic canned chickpeas as well.

These are the steps that I use:

1. While the chickpeas are boiling, I cut up equal parts of tomato and kale, and about 1/4 cup of red onion.

2. I use about 3-4 cups of kale and set that in a bowl. I take about 1-2 teaspoons of salt and pour it over the kale. I then take a few cap fulls of the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice and pour that into the bowl as well. You want the kale to be wet and evenly coated, but not soaked. I let all of that sit and put it in the fridge for about an hour by itself.

3. Once the chickpeas are chilled, I combine them with the kale.

4. I then add the tomatoes, dried crandberries and seasonings to taste.

This salad tastes best when you have mixed everything together and have allowed it to sit and marinate in the fridge for about an hour or two. Once you’ve done that, you can taste it to see if you like it or prefer to add other seasonings to it. When I don’t get the “right” taste I’m looking for, I usually add more of the adobe, cajun spice and balsamic vinegar.

Here is what the finished product should resemble:

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  • Jordan
    December 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I will try this!!! looks && sounds so good!!

  • Brandi
    December 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I have to admit, I’ve never really been good with cooking any sort of legumes. Thank you for the detailed instructions on how to prepare the chickpeas!
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    • Christine St.Vil
      January 3, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      LOL Well I never really knew how to cook a whole lotta stuff. But I guess when you’re forced to learn, you just get it done. LOL My pleasure Brandi 🙂

  • Pammy Pam
    December 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    wow. that looks twisted for sure. it must be good cuz all the good ingredients are in it.

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