Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad with Hemp Ranch Dressing

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

Salad weather is upon us! It’s been super hot and humid here which always makes me crave light and easy meals.

If you’re feeling the same way right now then you’re going to love this Buffalo Chickpea Salad. It comes together in just 20 minutes, is packed with flavor and will leave you feeling energized rather than weighed down. Because we need all the energy we can get in this heat, am I right? Phew!

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

This salad was inspired by Dulce Vegan Bakery which is located in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. It’s one of the first vegan restaurants we went to since moving to Georgia and we instantly fell in love. They have the most best homemade breakfast sandwiches and all of their baked goods are to-die-for too. If you ever find yourself in the area I highly recommend checking it out.

One of the newest items on their menu was a similar version of this buffalo chickpea salad. The base starts with a bed of massaged kale and gets topped with shredded carrot, tomatoes, avocado, finely chopped red onion, and of course, buffalo chickpeas. They also add vegan sundried tomato cheese to theirs but I left that out because I wanted to keep the recipe as simple as possible.

Once you have all the veggies and the dressing prepped (I used my hemp seed ranch dressing but you could also use store-bought vegan ranch), all you have to do is toast the chickpeas in a skillet and then coat them in your favorite buffalo sauce. Once that’s done you just assemble the salads and serve!

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

If you have the dressing ready to go and the kale chopped and washed ahead of time then it comes together super fast. I’m talking 10 minutes!

Perfect for a quick and healthy meal after a long, hot summer day. ;)

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad- all you need is 10 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this light yet satisfying meal! (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free + nut-free)

 

Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad with Hemp Ranch Dressing

Yield: 2 large salads or 4 medium

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bundles kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite size pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite buffalo/hot sauce
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, pitted and sliced
  • hemp ranch dressing (or store bought vegan ranch) for serving

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the kale. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon juice then sprinkle with salt & pepper. Using your hands, massage the oil and lemon juice into the leaves for about 10 to 15 seconds, until the kale softens a bit. Set aside.

In a large skillet, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring intermittently. Once chickpeas are lightly toasted, pour 1/2 cup of the buffalo sauce on top. Stir until evenly coated and heated through. Turn heat off.

Divide the kale onto either 2 large or 4 medium plates. Top with onion, carrots, tomatoes, and chickpeas. Finish with sliced avocado. Serve drizzled with ranch dressing and enjoy!

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