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Kale Salad With Cashew Caesar Dressing and Turmeric Roasted Chickpeas

November 3, 2015
All my favorite foods in one.

All my favorite foods in one.

A few years ago, I wrote about the best way to eat kale—raw with a lemon-based dressing. There was talk of massaging (do it) and other fun things. There are lots of dressings you can try, but none will compare to the complexity and completeness of this salad, which has a thick “Caesar” dressing (made from cashews—duh—and other fun ingredients like seaweed and all the garlic you can handle), the crunch of roasted chickpeas, and, of course, avocado.

This recipe also takes no time at all—you just have to factor in roasting the chickpeas. I like them extra crunchy, so I roast them for about 45 minutes. Other than that, you have to cut the kale and throw all the dressing ingredients in a blender. Because the dressing is so thick, you really don’t need to let it sit for as long as other dressings (though if you find it overwhelming you can thin it out).

Kale Cashew Caesar Salad With Turmeric Roasted Chickpeas 

1 14 oz. can chickpeas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons curry

3/4 cup cashews, raw (and soaked if you have the time)
1 tablespoon mellow miso
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, whole (I like mine REALLY garlicy, so I sometimes add in a third clove)
2 teaspoons lemon juice (or the juice of half a medium lemon)
1/4 piece of nori crumbled
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 cup water (or more if you want to thin out the dressing)
1 teaspoon tamari

1 bunch kale, for this recipe I prefer lacitano, but any type will do
1/2 an avocado (or an entire one if you so desire!)

Preheat the oven to 375. Drain the chickpeas and combine in a bowl with olive oil, curry, and turmeric. Roast on sheet pan for about 45 minutes or until your desired crispiness.

Nice and crunchy.

Nice and crunchy.

Combine all the remaining ingredients (aside from the kale and avocado) in a food processor and blend until smooth.

I like this dressing extra thick, but you can thin it out with some water.

I like this dressing extra thick, but you can thin it out with some water.

Rib and chop the kale into bit-size pieces.


Combine kale stripes with dressing and MASSAGE. Add in the roasted chickpeas and avocado.

The best.

Dig in!

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