Creamy Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Beets, Dukkah

Creamy Kale Said with Chickpeas, Beets, Dukkah - Fresh Produce 411, Chattanooga, TN

  Prep Time   Cook Time   Total Time
5 mins 25 mins 30 mins

Insanely delicious kale salad crispy chickpeas, pan-fried shallot, and a creamy tahini dressing. Just 30 minutes required for this vegan, gluten free meal!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Entrée, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Egyptian/Mediterranean
Serves: 2 as an entrée, 4 as a side

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  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and well dried
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) grapeseed or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • optional: pinch each ground cardamom + coriander


  • 1 cup (160 g) thinly sliced shallot (~ 3 large shallot)
  • 2 Tbsp (15 g) brown rice (or all purpose) flour
  • Pinch each salt + pepper
  • Avocado, grape seed, or coconut oil for pan-frying (~2 Tbsp or 30 ml)


  • 1/3 cup (80 g) tahini
  • 2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced (~3 Tbsp or 45 ml)
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp (20-30 ml) maple syrup (or to taste)
  • Water to thin (~1/4 cup or 60 ml)


  • 1 large bundle of kale (non curly // or sub mixed greens)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) avocado or grape seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 beet, finely grated or sliced (I used a mandolin)

DUKKAH optional

  • 1/2 cup (67 g) roasted unsalted hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup (47 g) sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ( 6 g) coriander seeds (or 1 heaping Tbsp ground coriander)
  • 2 Tbsp (6 g) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon + coconut sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and add rinsed, (thoroughly) dried chickpeas to a small mixing bowl. Add oil, cumin, paprika, coconut sugar, oregano, turmeric, cinnamon, sea salt, cardamom and coriander (optional), and stir to combine.
  2. Spread on a bare baking sheet and bake for 22-27 minutes, or until deep golden brown and slightly crispy – they’ll crisp up more as they cool.
  3. In the meantime, add shallot to the same small mixing bowl from earlier and top with brown rice flour and a pinch each salt and black pepper. Toss to coat and heat a cast iron or metal skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once hot, add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan and add shallot and all of coating. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until soft and light golden brown – about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Make the dressing by adding tahini, garlic, lemon juice and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add enough water to thin until pourable – about 1/4 cup. Whisk until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lemon juice for acidity, salt + pepper for flavor balance, or maple syrup for sweetness. Garlic will add more bite/spice.
  6. Add kale to a large mixing bowl and top with oil and lemon juice. Massage with hands to soften and coat the kale for about 1 minute.
  7. If serving with dukkah, prepare by adding hazelnuts to a food processor and pulsing into a fine meal. Next, heat a skillet over medium heat and add sesame seeds. Toast/brown, stirring frequently, until the natural oils begin to release and they turn light brown and become fragrant. Then transfer to the food processor. To the still warm skillet add the coriander seed and toast until some of the seeds begin to pop and they are fragrant. Move off the heat and smash with a pestle or wooden spoon. Then add to food processor along with ground cumin, pepper and sea salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar (optional). Process to combine. Set aside. Store completely cooled leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature up to 3 weeks, though best in the first two weeks.
  8. To serve, add grated beets, chickpeas and shallot to the kale and top with several spoonfuls of dukkah (optional). Add half of the dressing and toss to combine. Divide between servings plates and serve with additional dukkah and leftover dressing. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


*Dukkah adapted from
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings calculated with all of the dressing and without dukkah.
*Salad adapted from my Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas. Chickpeas adapted from my Chickpea Shawarma Salad.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/2 of recipe with dressing and without dukkah* Calories: 712
Fat: 38.8g Saturated fat: 5.3g
Carbohydrates: 78.5g Sugar: 22.1g
Sodium: 400mg Fiber: 15.2g
Protein: 22.1g