Prep time 20 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 4-6
Want to know how to make a tasty kale salad with autumn pears and crunchy chickpea croutons. Keep reading! Photographs by Nicholas Rider.
Autumn is officially here and I’m quite happy to embrace it in all its glory. Especially because it is one of my favourite times of year to cook. Think warm stews with a touch of spice, roast lamb, chicken with crispy potatoes and the endless cookies, cakes and tarts which make use of the last of the seasonal fruits. I’m going to take some kale and pair it with pears (pardon the pun) in this great autumn salad which is a meal in its own right. The best bit are the crunchy chickpeas which are so easy to roast and make a great snack on their own. This hearty autumn salad is packed with crispy kale, juicy pears and crunchy chickpeas and makes the perfect lunch
- 1 can organic chickpeas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup firmly packed kale leaves, washed, ribs removed
- 3 medium ripe pears
- ½ cup Greek yoghurt
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Roast the chickpeas. Pre-heat an oven to 180ºC fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Drain the chickpeas and place into a colander or sieve. Rinse under cold running water to remove the excess salt from the canning process. Drain well and spread out on the prepared tray. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil. Using clean hands (or a spoon) toss the chickpeas to coat. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until they are crunchy and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Make the salad. Tear the kale leaves up into bite-sized pieces. For a finer salad you could gather the leaves together and finely shred using a sharp knife. Place in a large mixing bowl. Wash, core and slice each pear into 6 wedges. Add to the leaves along with the roasted chickpeas.
Make the dressing. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add to the dressing just before serving and toss to coat the leaves and pears. Serve the salad with warm bread or as an accompaniment to pasta.
- Don’t throw away the ribs from the kale leaves. Chop them up and add them to soups. They’ll soften down and provide a satisfying burst of green.
- Leftover chickpeas make a great snack. You could add a pinch of cumin or chilli powder with your seasonings and oil before baking as a nibble to serve with drinks.
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