RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

This Chickpea & Kale Salad is similar to your standard chickpea mash, but with a little spice and greens thrown in. It’s creamy, full of flavor, and easily customizable! Pair it with some celery + carrot sticks for a quick snack or turn it into a main meal as a big salad or sandwich. 

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

I love the accidental, throw-together meals that end up being share-worthy. The recipe I’m about to share with you is one of those meals! I can’t take full credit for this creation…I have my hubby to thank. Sometimes he uses ingredients I wouldn’t normally think to combine and also has a heavier hand for spices, but more often than not, the outcome is delicious and packed with flavor. The day he threw this together, I made him give me the rundown on the ingredients he used, but he couldn’t tell me measurements…go figure! So the trials began. I’m excited to share a savory recipe with you – it’s been a while!

Before I dive in, I have to talk about our little addiction. A few months ago we discovered Jeff’s Naturals Diced Tamed™ Jalapeno Peppers and can’t get enough. They’re so good that we were going back and buying a jar a week! We’ve been throwing them in tacos, sauces, salads, pasta, and more. I don’t normally buy jarred products like this, but not only is the jar labeled ‘vegan and gluten-free’ but it’s also non-GMO, free from sulfites, and citric acid. If you haven’t guessed it by now, these jalapenos make an appearance in this recipe 🙂

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad


{vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option}

Serves 6-8

What you need:

  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 3 cups of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 TBSP Jeff’s Naturals Diced Tamed™ Jalapeno Peppers*
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup soy-free vegan mayo*
  • 2 TBSP (or more) diced red onion
  • Optional add-ins: chopped carrot, red bell pepper, or tomatoes

*We love this homemade version (but omit the sriracha) or you can use Soy-Free Vegenaise

How to:

  1. Tear the leaves of kale away from the stem and wash thoroughly. Shake the water off, but don’t worry about getting the kale completely dry because any water remaining will aid in cooking. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss it with the granulated garlic and salt.
  2. Add the kale to a pan, cover with a lid, and cook on medium heat. Stir frequently and if needed, add a splash of veggie broth or oil. Cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the kale is softened/tender.
  3. Next, throw your chickpeas, cooked kale, jalapenos, and seasonings into a food processor. Pulse until broken down into smaller pieces*
  4. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and fold in your mayo one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. If you want a super creamy texture, go heavier on the mayo. Then fold in the diced red onion*
  5. Add to a bed of lettuce, in a sandwich, spread between two tortillas and warmed up, or as is!


*I have not tried making this with fresh jalapenos, but I imagine they would produce a higher heat/spice level – I probably wouldn’t throw in 2 TBSP off the bat! The jalapenos I used are fairly mild/tame.

*If you prefer a smoother consistency as opposed to the chunkier way I’ve done – add your mayo and onion directly into the food processor instead of folding it in. Process until smooth.

**If you or your kiddo don’t like spicy, simply omit the jalapenos and either cut the spices back or omit all together.

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad

Here we enjoyed it in a sandwich with red leaf lettuce, thick slices of homemade cashew cheese, extra red onion slices, and a smear of vegan mayo…

RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Kale Salad


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    1. I think you would love it! Especially since you enjoy the Chana masala so much and the chickpea mash! Willow liked it at first but then the spices hit her and she asked for “plain chickpea mash.” 😂 Love you!! ❤️❤️


    1. Haha!!! Yes!! It’s funny how addicting they are! Thank you – I still have to try your cashew spread! ❤️❤️


    1. I have a problem with overfilling/over stuffing my sandwiches so this was insanely messy! Haha!! Those peppers are a must! You will love them! ❤️❤️


  1. Oh Mandy!!! I absolutely love curry spices, in fact, I had curry today!! I honestly am so addicted lately to the spices, well…always, LOL. This looks gorgeous and sooo delicious!!! I love all of the ingredients and oh boy, I can almost smell and taste the spiciness! I’m so glad to see a new recipe from you. I hate, hate that I don’t get your emails so I apologize that I’m a bit behind on a couple of your posts, I have to remind myself to pop over here manually, which I did today and surprise, a new recipe! yay! I definitely need to check out that homemade mayo recipe and those jalapeno peppers. I have issues with certain jalapenos…I love jalapenos raw actually, but sometimes when I eat canned or jarred jalapenos, they are so darn hot that it makes me physically sick and nauseated, so I have to be really careful that I get quality ones, I guess? Glad to see you love these so much! Definitely need to make this recipe stat!!

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    1. Omg, right?!?! I’m SO addicted to curry spices!!! Josh brought home this popcorn from work (Trader Joe’s) with masala spices and it’s soooooo spicy and addicting, but so not good for you 😂 we are working on recreating it, but way healthier.
      Awww! No worries! I don’t know what’s going on…it seems a few others have contacted me saying they don’t get email updates anymore. I need to look into that. At least now your comments aren’t in my spam folder anymore!
      I’m right there with you! Not only are most of the canned/jarred jalapeños too spicy, but they’ve got icky ingredients in there. I swear, these are so good I can practically eat them plain! Mild and easy on the belly.
      Thanks for the love, my friend!! You are the best! 😘😘


  2. Mash, spread, dip, salad–this looks incredibly versatile and incredibly delicious!! I’m not sure I’m ready for jalapeños, but the garam masala and paprika together sound the like the perfect flavorful pair. With the protein and greens in there it’s so easy to turn into a complete meal or really healthy snack. I imagine I could go through an obscene amount of crackers with a bowl of this in front of me 😀 I didn’t realize your husband was talented in the kitchen too! Great idea, and an awesome way to get more kale into my life because I need that lol ❤ xo

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    1. Haha!! Thank you, friend!! Josh and I love cooking together – he’s really very good in the kitchen, which is nice when you need a night off ☺️💕 Oh, if I had crackers or chips in the house, I’d go through a crazy amount with this recipe! Willow only eats kale in the form of chips, so we were excited when she actually wanted to try this…next time we need to majorly tone it down for her with the spices!
      I promise, these jalapeños are super mild! I can’t handle crazy spicy heat like I once did (kind of a wuss these days 😂), but I can pile on these peppers. ❤️❤️


  3. Oh this looks like it’s right up my alley! And sandwiching it in bewteen two slices of bread yum!! Love the ingredients and the addition of kale and spices. I LOVE jalapenos, both fresh and jarred, so i need to check that brand out next time I go. Great to see a post from you!! I’ll be sharing this recipe for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Anjali!! It is really good in a sandwich and I also snacked on it with some carrot sticks. We’ve been looking for new ways to sneak in extra greens to Willow and she likes this in a milder form. Jalapeños are sooooo good!! I love fresh and typically stay away from jarred, but these are amazing!! Definitely check them out. Thank you, again, my friend! Good to hear from you ❤️❤️


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