Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

With marinated kale, you don't even have to massage your greens. This salad is good to go straight from the fridge.

Note: Unlike most salads, this one keeps very well in the fridge, retaining its crunch and developing flavor over a couple days. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Toss gently before serving.

Recipe Details

Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 70 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 bunch kale, tough inner stems discarded, leaves roughly torn (about 1 pound)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried ground sumac berries

  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane grater

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas or white beans, drained and rinsed

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine kale leaves with olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Toss until evenly coated. Allow to rest at room temperature until kale is lightly wilted, about 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, place onions in a medium bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Rinse in several changes of water then carefully dry with a salad spinner lined with paper towels. Combine onions with sumac and sesame seeds. Season to taste with salt.

  3. Combine lemon juice, garlic, and mustard in a small bowl. Once kale is wilted, toss kale, lemon juice mixture, and chickpeas in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve salad topped with sumac onions.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
211 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 50mg 251%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 510mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)