Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

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This easy Sautéed kale and Chickpeas recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make with only 5 healthy ingredients, and tastes great on its own or as a side dish!

sauteed kale and chickpeas

Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas is made with five simple ingredients — super-soft fresh baby kale (or any other kale), freshly-squeezed lemon juice, lots of chickpeas, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. And I’m telling you, it is delicious.

So if you’re looking for a super-simple and healthy side to go with dinner tonight, pick up some fresh kale and give it a try!

I feel healthier just looking at this kale dish!

kale with chickpeas recipe

Ingredients to Make Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas:

To make this easy kale salad recipe, you will need:

  • Fresh kale: I love tender baby kale (which I used in this dish), but another variety, such as Lacinato kale or curly kale, will work here too. Before you cook it, wash and dry the kale and remove any tough stems. Then, tear or chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Chickpeas: Cooked.
  • Onion:  It amps up the flavor in this simple dish.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly-squeezed, please!
  • Olive oil: Good-quality extra virgin.
  • Salt: A good pinch of sea salt to make all flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

How to Make Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas:

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and salt and cook juts until wilted, then add chopped kale, tossing, until the kale wilts. Add cooked chickpeas and mix well with kale. Remove from the heat, and squeeze a little lemon juice over the kale. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste.

That’s it!

how to sauté kale

How long will this sautéed kale last?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep in good condition for 4-5 days.

healthy vegan kale dish


If you’re looking for more side salad inspiration, here are some of my faves!

Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas- Msabaha

Green Bean and Beet Salad

Loubie Bzeit- Braised Green Beans

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sauteed kale and chickpeas

Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sauteed kale with Chickpeas, a delicious way to cook kale. It’s flavorful and only need 5 healthy ingredients and less than 15 minutes.


  • 1 lb baby kale or 1 bunch kale, lacinato or curly kale- stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Lemon juice- from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas- washed and rinsed


    1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onions and a pinche of salt. Sauté for 8 minutes, or until wilted but not browned.
    2. Add Kale, mix well with onions and cook just until the kale has wilted down. About 3 minutes.
    3. Add cooked chickpeas and mix with kale.
    4. Remove from heat. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the kale, and toss.
    5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
    6. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 837mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 11gSugar: 8gProtein: 12g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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    1. Haha yes!! I love mishi, and kale was the closest I can get to recreating it. Let me know if you try my kale and chickpeas recipe.

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