This hearty salad from Chef Sarah Russo of Chicago-based Salad Club is plenty filling without the chicken, so leave it out if you like. The chickpeas can be prepared ahead and stored in an airtight container with a paper towel at the bottom.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper; toss to coat and spread evenly. Roast until browned and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, use a meat mallet to pound chicken breast to an even thickness. Season generously with salt and pepper. Heat a greased grill pan over medium. Grill chicken until lightly browned and no longer pink, 8 minutes, turning once after 4 minutes. (Or place on an unheated broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat 8 minutes, turning once after 4 minutes.)

  • While chickpeas and chicken cook, cook broccoli in a medium saucepan in salted boiling water 1 to 2 minutes; drain broccoli in a colander and immediately rinse under cold running water. Drain well.

  • Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil, about 1 teaspoon. Massage kale with your hands until it darkens by a shade and volume has reduced slightly, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • To assemble salad: On a platter or four plates, arrange kale, broccoli, carrots, apricots, blueberries, cilantro, parsley and chickpeas. Slice chicken and add to salad. Sprinkle with hemp hearts. Serve salad with "Creamy" Poppyseed Dressing.

"Creamy" Poppyseed Dressing

In a food processor or blender, combine 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup raw cashews, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon dried apricots, 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Process until creamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon poppyseeds; pulse once or twice to combine. Refrigerate until needed.

Nutrition Facts

583 calories; fat 24g; cholesterol 62mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 60g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 9g; insoluble fiber 16g; sugars 32g; protein 38g; vitamin a 8087.1IU; vitamin c 167.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg; riboflavin 0.7mg; niacin equivalents 9.2mg; vitamin b6 0.9mg; folate 150.9mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 526mg; potassium 1459mg; calcium 348mg; iron 7.1mg.