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Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples

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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 is the superhero of superfood salads. Kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries – all tossed in a classic poppyseed dressing.

This salad has been a family favorite of ours for years. We love the crunchy veggies, tart cranberries and sweet poppyseed 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 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 bento box

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

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 salad, apples and roasted chickpeas
Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples

Sweet Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas & Apples

Sweet Kale Salad gets added crunch from roasted chickpeas and fresh apples for a plant-based dish the whole family will love.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


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


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

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 11gSugar: 20gProtein: 11g

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Amanda Keefer

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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