Appetizers, Lunch

Chef Bae’s Favorite Kale Salad

April 18, 2023

Chef Bae’s Favorite Kale Salad

The combination of spiced cashews, crispy chickpeas, wild mushrooms & roasted sweet potato and creamy avocado vinaigrette is a mic drop.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 Servings


For the Avocado Vinaigrette:

  • 1 small avocado
  • 6 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • cup hemp hearts
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • freshly-cracked black pepper to taste

For the Oven-Roasted Toppings:

  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium sweet potato diced not peeled
  • 2 cups assorted wild mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

For the Salad:

  • 8 cups curly kale
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup micro greens for topping
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds for topping


For the Avocado Vinaigrette:

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and season to taste. Set aside.

For the Oven-Roasted Salad Toppings:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line the drained & rinsed chickpeas, diced sweet potato & mushrooms in their own sections on 2 lined sheet pans. Coat each ingredients in olive oil & spices on a lined sheet pan. Separating each ingredient will allow for some of the ingredients to take more oven time, if needed.
  • Roast for ~30 minutes, stirring halfway through.* The cashews should be toasty (not burned), the sweet potato & chickpeas should be crispy, and the mushrooms should be slightly crispy on the edges.

For the Salad Assembly:

  • Massage the kale and dressing for 1 minute** and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Top with hemp seeds & micro greens.
  • Enjoy!



*The size of the mushroom and sweet potato pieces will determine the exact cook times. Pieces should be close to 1 1/2″.
**Dress the kale immediately before serving. Dressing, in a container, lasts for up to 5 days in the fridge.