A pile of crispy seasoned chickpeas, juicy bursts of roasted tomatoes, tender strands of rooster and probably the most wonderful creamy tahini dressing tossed with ribbons of kale. Introducing – my Hen Kale Salad. Now THIS is a kale salad I crave!

Bowl of Chicken Kale salad

A rooster kale salad to crave

This can be a totally loaded kale salad that was deliberately designed to be satisfying to have as a meal. It has nice number of textures and flavours – crunch and saltiness from chickpeas, (smooth) chewiness of the kale leaves, contemporary juiciness from the tomatoes, tender meaty bits of rooster all tossed with a wealthy, cream tahini dressing. It’s extremely filling. And the excessive scrumptious issue goes with out saying!

However actually, absolutely the star right here is the tahini dressing which is so creamy, it’s arduous to consider there’s not a drop of mayonnaise in it. The richness is pure, from tahini, enriched with olive oil, balanced with the contemporary tang of lemon and a very good hit of savouriness from parmesan.

You could possibly truly skip all of the add-ins and simply make this salad with kale and that creamy tahini dressing, and it might nonetheless be scoff-worthy. However I actually hope you do that recipe in its entirety too, as a result of it’s one thing else!

The best dressing for kale sale - Creamy Parmesan Tahini Dressing
Serving Chicken Kale salad

Elements on this rooster kale salad

I’m not going to lie – the components record is longer than 95% of the recipes on my web site. As a result of there’s a variety of elements to this salad. But it surely’s value it! And we’re simply making a salad right here. It’s completely straight ahead. 🙂

The kale (& onion)

First up, the kale!

Chicken Kale salad ingredients

Tuscan kale – That is the primary recipe I’m sharing utilizing tuscan kale, ordinarily I take advantage of the extra frequent curly kale. Also called also called cavolo nero, black or lacinato kale, the leaves are formed like silverbeet/chard and never as bushy/curly as common kale (curly kale) so it’s extra appropriate to chop into slaw-like strips like I do on this recipe. The leaf can be softer than curly kale.

If utilizing common curly kale (which you completely can), don’t attempt to minimize it into strips (it will get all crumbly). Simply chop or tear into small chew dimension items.

Onion – Only a quarter of a purple onion which we sliced very finely so it flops all through the salad. I just like the freshness if provides into this salad.

creamy tahini dressing INGREDIENTS

Chicken Kale salad ingredients
  • Tahini – That is plain pureed sesame and it’s the star participant right here, offering richness and creaminess within the dressing so it clings to each little bit of the kale (and every thing else it touches). Be sure you get hulled tahini which is the extra frequent selection right here in Australia (pale beige color) not hulled tahini (darker in color and bitter). Tahini is usually discovered within the well being meals aisle in grocery shops, else alongside spreads.

  • Further virgin olive oil – The oil on this dressing, slightly than utilizing simply tahini which makes the dressing too thick.

  • Parmesan – For a very good hit of savoury flavour. It’s finest to grate your personal however even pre-grated is okay as a result of we blitz it easy. Different – Anchovies. Oh sure! Use as many as you dare so as to add flavour and salt with out the sauce tasting fishy.

  • Lemon – The tang on this dressing, to steadiness out the richness of the tahini and olive oil. More energizing than vinegar, although you possibly can substituted with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

  • Garlic – Only one clove, else the uncooked garlic flavour is somewhat too full on (blitzing actually brings out the flavour of uncooked garlic!).

  • Water to skinny the sauce to a toss-able consistency. Don’t fear, it doesn’t dilute the dressing flavour, there’s masses of flavour within the dressing!

burst roast tomatoes

Named as such as a result of they burst in your mouth! Actually simply cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes, as I appear to make use of extra usually lately) roasted in somewhat oil, salt and pepper till they’re somewhat wrinkled which suggests within the inside is fantastically smooth.

Chicken Kale salad ingredients


To maintain issues straightforward, I simply use a retailer purchased roast rooster and shred it myself. When you poach and shred your personal, toss the rooster in a pinch of salt and pepper earlier than utilizing on this recipe (as a result of retailer purchased rooster is brined so the flesh has salt).

Chicken Kale salad ingredients

crispy seasoned chickpeas

And final however actually not least, the crispy chickpeas! I’m utilizing my go-to spice combine for chickpeas right here, lately featured within the Spicy maple roast carrots recipe. It provides nice crunch into this salad and good little salty seasoned pops, in addition to including a starch to fill the meal out. And it’s a “good starch” too, that can hold you feeling fuller for longer. 🙂

Chicken Kale salad ingredients

Easy methods to make this rooster kale salad

Whereas there are a number of elements to this salad, there’s a pleasant workflow to it:

  1. Get these bursty tomatoes and crispy chickpeas within the oven (half-hour)

  2. Whereas they’re baking, chop and “marinate” the kale leaves to melt them (20 minutes)

  3. Make the dressing, shred the rooster and slice the onion.

  4. Assemble and eat!

1. Burst roast tomatoes & crispy chickpeas

How to make Chicken Kale salad
  1. Bake collectively – Toss the tomatoes in oil, salt and pepper. Then drain the chickpeas and put them, nonetheless moist, onto a separate tray. We’re going to oven dry them earlier than tossing within the seasonings (much less effort and more practical to get them crispy than towel or air drying!). Bake each for 12 minutes or till the tomatoes are smooth and wrinkly, by which period the chickpeas can be completely dried.

  2. Toss the chickpeas in somewhat oil which is able to make the spice combine stick, then pop them again within the oven for one more 20 to 25 minutes or till the chickpeas are crispy (you’ll know, they clatter).

  3. Burst tomatoes – Allow them to cool on the tray till you’re prepared to make use of them. Don’t deal with them, they’re delicate and liable to, nicely, bursting!

  4. Crispy chickpeas – As soon as the chickpeas are prepared, simply set them apart to chill barely earlier than utilizing. No one desires a 3rd diploma mouth burn from sizzling little crispy balls of chickpeas!


As a result of the stem of kale leaves are fairly robust and fibrous, I take away the leafy half from the stem. I simply rip it off – fast, straightforward, efficient!

How to strip kale leaves
  1. Separate the leaves then work one leaf at a time.

  2. Seize the stem after which seize the leafy half along with your different hand and pull it up the stem which is able to rip the leafy half cleanly off the stem. Don’t fear about crushing the kale leaves, they’re hardy and might take it. Actually, we crush them intentionally to melt them!

  3. Stated leafy half. 🙂

  4. Stem – Discard or throw into your subsequent batch of vegetable inventory.

3. Making the kale salad

  1. Soften kale – Kale is somewhat chewy when eaten uncooked. So I like to melt it earlier than utilizing in salads. To do that, simply therapeutic massage / scrunch the chopped kale with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon every salt and pepper. Not a lot is required – somewhat goes a good distance, you can be shocked! About 10 seconds of enthusiastic scrunching is all that’s wanted to disperse the oil onto every little bit of kale. Then set it apart for 20 minutes which is able to soften the kale leaves. Actually, the kale can hold like this in a single day, it gained’t go soggy like different leafy greens.

    When you don’t thoughts the chew, be at liberty to skip this step!

  2. Blitz dressing – Use a stick blender to blitz the dressing till easy. A stick blender works finest. When you use a blender, you’ll want to actually scrape the edges / blades nicely. For a meals processor, you’d have to make use of a small one. To make it by hand, finely grate the garlic utilizing a microplane or fantastic grater and blend very nicely till easy. You should have some little parmesan lumps however the dressing will nonetheless be tasty.

  1. Toss the kale with about two thirds of the dressing (we drizzle the remainder on on the finish). No should be precise right here, simply eye ball it.

  2. Add ins – Add the rooster, purple onion and cherry tomatoes then toss once more simply to disperse them.

  1. Crispy chickpeas subsequent! Simply pile them on.

  2. End by drizzling with the remaining dressing and a giant bathe of freshly grated parmesan. Then DIG IN!

Chicken Kale salad ready to eat

I forgot the egg 🙂

As I used to be writing up this submit, I realised I forgot to incorporate the smooth boiled egg within the recipe video. It’s an elective additional and one thing I added as a final minute addition to dial up the good-for-you substantial-ness of this salad much more.

But it surely doesn’t want it.

Actually, as I mentioned within the opening, it doesn’t want all of the extras. You could possibly skip the rooster, the chickpeas, the onion and tomatoes, and simply make a large bowl of kale tossed on this dressing and it will likely be an awesome kale salad facet dish.

However if you wish to make a press release meal-worthy salad, I urge you to go all in, at the very least as soon as, to expertise the greatness of this kale salad! And I hope you change into obsessive about it as I’ve. 🙂 – Nagi x

PS Nice one for making forward as much as 2 days. Even the “marinated kale” retains completely and gained’t go limp like common leafy greens as soon as they arrive into contact with oil.

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Bowl of Chicken Kale salad

Essentially the most wonderful Hen Kale Salad

Servings3 – 4 folks

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Recipe video above. WORTH MAKING – do not let the size of the components deter you!! This can be a large, hearty salad that could be the very best kale salad you’ve got ever had. Large name I stand by! 🙂Crammed with good-for-you diet but something however bland, that creamy tahini sauce completely makes it, due to the parmesan. Crunchy seasoned chickpeas add starchy bulk, flavour pops and texture, the cherry tomatoes add juicy bursts and the rooster supplies protein. Oh yeah, and there is kale in it too! 🙂 Powerhouse greens!






  • Oven – Roast tomatoes 12 min at 200°C/425°F (180°C fan). Roast plain chickpeas 10 min, toss with oil & seasonings, roast 20 min till crispy (identical temp).

  • Salad – Therapeutic massage kale, go away 20 min. Blitz dressing. Toss kale, rooster, tomatoes, onion with half. Pile on chickpeas, drizzle with remaining dressing, bathe with parmesan. EAT!


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/425°F (180°C fan).

  • Roast tomatoes – Toss the tomatoes with the oil, salt and pepper on a small tray. Roast 12 minutes, then cool on the tray.

  • Crispy chickpeas – Drain the chickpeas then unfold on a tray (nonetheless moist). Bake 10 minutes (identical time as tomatoes). Push the oven dried chickpeas to 1 facet of the tray. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the chickpea spices, salt and pepper. Toss nicely utilizing a rubber spatula, then return to the oven for an additional 20 – 25 minutes till they’re crispy (They need to clatter! Word 4).

  • Soften kale – Rub/scrunch the kale with the oil, salt and pepper in a big bowl. Put the kale in a big bowl then drizzle with the oil and add the salt and pepper. Put aside for 20 minutes (softens leaves).

  • Tahini dressing – Put the components in a jug simply massive sufficient to suit the top of a stick blender. Blitz till easy, utilizing additional water if wanted to loosen right into a thick however pourable consistency (see video).

  • Toss – Pour half the dressing over the kale and toss. Add onion, rooster and a lot of the tomatoes (save a number of for adornment). Toss once more.

  • Serve – Switch right into a serving bowl or particular person bowls. High with remaining tomatoes, all of the chickpeas and eggs if utilizing. Drizzle with remaining sauce then sprinkle with additional parmesan. DIG IN. SWOON!

Recipe Notes:

* You could possibly completely simply make this with the kale and tahini dressing in case you’re simply in want of a tasty kale facet salad. Every thing else are add-ins that makes this right into a satisfying, fascinating meal-size-salad!
1. Tuscan kale, additionally referred to as cavolo nero, black or lacinato kale, has leaves formed extra like silverbeet (chard) barely flatter than curly kale so extra suited to slicing into slaw-like strips and the leaves are barely softer too. To make use of common curly kale, chop into chew dimension items (don’t slice thinly, doesn’t actually work nicely).
Eradicating the leaf off the stem – Seize and rip it off! Fast ‘n straightforward, watch the video 🙂
2. Hen – I take advantage of retailer purchased roast rooster. If cooking your personal, I like to recommend poaching it utilizing this technique. Shred then toss with a pinch of salt and pepper earlier than utilizing.
3. Tahini – Combine nicely if the oil is separated. If it’s set like cement, microwave to heat (it would loosen) then use a stick blender. Hulled is lighter (customary tahini). Unhulled tahini is darker and extra bitter (tougher to seek out), I don’t use this.
4. Roasted chickpeas needs to be crispy on the surface however nonetheless smooth on the within (else they’re like little rocks!). 10 minutes dry roasting makes them additional crisp (higher than air or towel drying) although they’ll begin to soften after an hour or so. For extremely crisp although, and longer lasting crisp, you could deep fry.
Re-crisp by popping within the oven for five minutes or so (identical temp per recipe).
5. Storage – Oil rubbed kale will hold simply fantastic for two days. Preserve the elements separate then assemble when required. Crispy chickpeas could be revived – see above word.
Vitamin per particular person, assuming 3 servings. It’s filling! Simply stretch to 4 with bread or double the chickpeas.

Vitamin Info:

Energy: 695cal (35%)Carbohydrates: 37g (12%)Protein: 41g (82%)Fats: 44g (68%)Saturated Fats: 8g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 9gMonounsaturated Fats: 24gTrans Fats: 0.01gLdl cholesterol: 177mg (59%)Sodium: 1186mg (52%)Potassium: 825mg (24%)Fiber: 9g (38%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 1038IU (21%)Vitamin C: 28mg (34%)Calcium: 208mg (21%)Iron: 6mg (33%)

Lifetime of Dozer

In thrilling information – the RTM signal reveal! Sure, a large life-size Dozer sticker on the entrance of RTM.

Nagi Dozer RTM signage

It’s truly fairly worrying what a thrill I bought to slap a large Dozer sticker on the RTM window. 😂

And in different information, Dozer was visiting RTM for a shoot day with an expert photographer (Rob Palmer). It’s been bothering me that I nonetheless don’t have an RTM web site (one of many causes I haven’t began a volunteer program and public donations but) and actually nice images to supply to media and for different makes use of. So we had a giant shoot day yesterday to seize nice images of the crew at work, and what we do. 🙂

And I’m explaining all of that so I can share that sadly, Dozer was restricted to the workplace space for hygiene and meals security causes. You’d assume he’d realise he can barge previous that stool and bolt into the kitchen to get to the 480 meals we had been making that day, however he’s too good a boy for that! As an alternative, he simply stood there and barked all day. 😂

Dozer at RTM

OFFICIAL PROGRESS REPORT – And on a severe word, his rehab submit surgical procedure is continuous although I really feel like over the previous week noticeable progress stalled considerably. I’m hoping he hasn’t peaked but and has extra enhancements to come back.

Additionally, I feel he picked up a abdomen bug or gastro on the weekend so he hasn’t been himself this week with some fairly severe bouts of nausea and hyper salivating. I’m somewhat anxious as a result of vomiting / regurgitation poses a lung an infection threat for him due to his medical situation which is severe, scary and could be lethal. He’s been to the vet and has one other go to scheduled for tomorrow. Fingers crossed he will get over it quickly so we are able to re-commence his energy coaching!

Again on the vet for his newest downside – possibly gastro?

Thoughts you, he wouldn’t have been bustling round me within the kitchen to strive in the present day’s dish anyway as a result of Dozer’s disregard for kale is fairly nicely documented:

That was the chapter opener photograph from my cookbook. I like that photograph a lot, it simply captures his angle completely! 😂

On a extra cheerful word although, he did get out to the seashore once more on the weekend (Bayview within the Northern Seashores of Sydney the place I lived till a yr in the past). It takes me 40 minutes to drive there and it’s value each minute as a result of actually, I can’t inform you how glad it makes him. His persona fully adjustments, he perks up and has extra power. I feel it’s nice for his muscle rehab so I’m going to maintain taking him.

Woah, that was a for much longer Dozer replace than anticipated! I’ll log off right here and hope to convey extra glad information with the following recipe! – Nagi x

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