Sweet Kale Salad gets added crunch from roasted chickpeas and fresh apples for a plant-based dish the whole family will love. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Eat Smart®. All opinions are our own.

Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Apples

Because sometimes you just need an easy meal idea. And you want it to be healthy, filling and one the whole family will love. I will often grab for the salad kit that is in the refrigerator and add some of our own toppings to it for a meal. Salad kits act as a great base for meals. Of course, they are great on their own, but sometimes you need to add a little to make them a meal.

The Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit is one of our favorites. Sweet Kale is the superhero of superfood salads. Kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries – all tossed in a classic poppy seed dressing.

This salad has been a family favorite of ours for years. We love the crunchy veggies, tart cranberries and sweet poppy seed dressing. All the flavors work so well together.

Close up of bowl of salad topped with roasted chickpeas and apples

We’ve used it as a side dish for ever, but with a few additions this salad kit can take the main stage too. Simply add your favorite protein – we’re using roasted chickpeas here but grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp are all tasty as well.

Fresh apples also pair so well with this salad. Pears, berries, roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and grapes would be amazing too.

Girl tossing sweet kale salad salad in bowl

The great thing about the Sweet Kale Salad from Eat Smart® is that it’s made with 100% clean ingredients – in fact, all of their salad are! So you can feel good about feeding them to your family.

To find the Sweet Kale Salad or Eat Smart’s other salad kits in a store near you, visit their website and type in your zip code.

Girl and mom assembling sweet kale salad bento box

This salad is the perfect meal anytime of the day, and we love to pack a deconstructed version in lunchboxes.

Looking for more ways to turn your favorite salad kit into a meal? Here are 5 Ways To Turn Salad Kits Into A Meal.

Kids can decide if they want to eat everything separately (I like to include a side of peanut butter for the apples for added protein) or to top their salad off with the roasted chickpeas and apples.

Bento box with sweet kale salad, apples and roasted chickpeas

Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples FAQs

Q: What are the main ingredients in this Sweet Kale Salad?
A: The salad contains the Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Kit (with kale, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chicory, seeds & dressing), plus roasted chickpeas, apples, olive oil and salt.

Q: How do you roast the chickpeas for this salad?
A: Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas, then toss with olive oil and salt. Roast at 425°F for 30-35 minutes until crispy.

Related: Check out 9 ways to roast chickpeas!

Q: What does the Sweet Kale Salad kit from Eat Smart contain?
A: It contains kale, green cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chicory, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and a poppyseed dressing.

Q: Can you make substitutions to this salad recipe?
A: Yes, you can substitute grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp for the chickpeas, or add other fruits/veggies like pears, berries, squash or grapes.

Q: What are the health benefits of this Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples?
A: To kick things off, Kale is nutrient-dense and an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as antioxidants. Apples provide fiber, vitamin C, and beneficial plant compounds. They add crunch and sweetness. And finally, chickpeas are a good plant-based protein source high in fiber, folate, iron and phosphorus.

Together, these ingredients make this salad a filling, nutritious vegetarian meal option packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber to support overall health.

Let’s make this dish!

Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples

Amanda Keefer
Sweet Kale Salad gets added crunch from roasted chickpeas and fresh apples for a plant-based dish the whole family will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizers, Salads, Sides
Servings 4 servings
Calories 64 kcal


  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 bag Eat Smart® Sweet Kale Salad
  • 1 apple chopped


  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas. Let sit in colander to dry or dry on paper towels.
  • Transfer chickpeas to parchment-lined baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway, until crispy. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Assemble salad with toppings, chickpeas and
    apples. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 484mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1448IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, chickpeas, easy recipes, healthy, plant-based, salad, vegetarian
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