Kale with Roasted Chickpeas

This kale recipe (sans chickpeas) is one of my favourite ways to prepare the green, especially with the cider vinegar and red pepper flakes… the perfect zing and spice to amp up the kale. Adding the chickpeas gives a bit of a crunch, and I frequently change up the spice combination on the chickpeas to bring in a new flavor.

kale and chickpea

Kale with Roasted Chickpeas

For the chickpeas:
1 can (15oz/443mL) unsalted chickpeas
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Fine sea or Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the kale:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 large bunch of kale (about 1 1/4 pounds), washed and chopped
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Fine sea or Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

To roast the chickpeas, preheat the oven to 425F. Toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them, stirring often.

To make the kale, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the kale. Mix well. Add the water and apple cider vinegar. Increase the heat to medium-high, cooking until the water is evaporated and the kale is soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a serving dish and toss with chickpeas.

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