Summer Sides: Garbanzo Kale Salad With Lemon Tahini Dressing

This post is part of our Summer Sides series for the month of July from Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

Lemon Tahini dressing

1 lemon, juiced
2 tbs tahini
1 tbs warm water
1/2 tbs cider vinegar
1/4 tbs honey
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper

In a small nonreactive bowl, combine tahini, lemon juice, honey, cider vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk together until a thick mixture is formed. Slowly whisk  in warm water (approximately 1 tbs) until the mixture thins to desired consistency.

kale salad

Garbanzo Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

1 large head Lacinato or Tuscan kale
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbs olive oil, divided
1 tbs harissa spice powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs tahini dressing

In a medium skillet over high heat, warm 1tbs olive oil. When shimmering, add garbanzo beans, salt and pepper and harissa spice powder. Toss to coat and let cook, undisturbed for 2 minutes (garbanzo beans may pop, this is normal). Stir thoroughly and cook another 2 minutes, until garbanzo beans are crispy and some may be slightly charred. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm remaining 1 tbs olive oil. When heated, add kale tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until kale beings to wilt, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add in garbanzo beans, toss to combine and cook covered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.

To serve, top or toss kale and garbanzo salad with tahini dressing.

kale salad

kale salad

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  1. Looks delicious! Just a heads up though, olive oil doesn’t take high heat very well, so you might want to use another type of oil if the recipe needs high heat.

  2. It was very tasty and will make it again. Didn’t have harissa powder but made it and the spice was a lovely blend of hot but tasty spice. will definitely make this again. Used swiss chard and beet tops along with tuscan kale and was delicious!

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