Thursday, August 6
From the Garden // Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, + Feta
Having a garden in my backyard is one of the many things I love about my apartment. This summer it seems like every day I am going out back, picking a handful of veggies, and creating new recipes with fresh ingredients. I couldn't be happier! During this Spring planting season, I decided to mix things up a bit and plant a couple new vegetables instead of my usual over abundance of pepper plants. One that made the list - KALE! It's sad to say, but I came late to the kale party and only recently started to eat and enjoy this hearty green. Better late than never, right? Not only do I put kale in my smoothies every morning, but I've also become quite fond of a variety of kale salads that make a delicious light summer meal. Combing through all the recipes on Pinterest has become a daily obsession. This tasty salad is one of my favorites.
KALE SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS, TOMATOES AND FETA //
4 cups cooked chickpeas
Chipotle Chili Pepper
3 cups packed green curly kale
1/3 cup crumbled feta
1 clove garlic, minced
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1 pint heirloom tomatoes, halved
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 avocado (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Place on sheet pan, drizzle 1-2 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle chipotle chili pepper (to your liking) over chickpeas. Toss and cook for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Combine cooked chickpeas, kale, feta, garlic, red onion in a large bowl and toss together. Next stir in the remaining olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper - adjusting to taste. Gently mix salad. Lastly, add in tomatoes, fresh basil, and avocado (optional) - mixing a final time. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from in pursuit of more