Roasted Corn and Chickpea Kale Salad

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

Hooray! The weekend is here. I’m happy to say that I’m going to spend the evening making, and then likely photographing (depending on the success of my recipe) some birthday cupcakes. Not just any birthday cupcakes. Birthday cupcakes for a group of 3 and almost 3 year olds! When your group of friends all have kids with birthdays within months of each other in the summer, it makes perfect sense to just have one giant birthday for all of them.

We did the same thing last year and it was a great time, and the kids are young enough that they likely don’t feel like they’re missing out on their very own birthday party – and it is SOOO much less work for all of us parents!! I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to get away with it, but I’m loving it.

In preparation for all the cupcake and icing “testing” I will be subjected to, I made a giant kale salad. This salad. It contains many of my favourite salad fillings, like quinoa, crunchy chickpeas, and olives. OH the olives. I must confess my love of olives. I have always enjoyed those salty little fruits (yes, they’re fruits) but my obsession and downright craving for them really started during my second pregnancy. I would walk to a grocery store on my lunch break just to buy a container of olives and sit there and eat them all. It’s a wonder my blood pressure wasn’t through the roof from all the sodium!! Well, I delivered a bouncing baby boy, and I am still on the olive train – I just restrain myself a little more than I did back when I, you know, DESERVED it.

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

Have you roasted chickpeas before? You might have seen them in the snack aisle in cute little packages, but did you know you can make your own with very little effort? I probably do it once a week, to have as a healthy snack and to throw into salads and other dishes. From rinse, to roast, to season, it’s about 30-35 minutes, with 90% of that time involving the oven. For this recipe you’re going to roast some corn kernels along with the chickpeas.

Along with the salty chickpeas, corn, and olives, I’ve thrown in some salty feta. To counteract all this salt we’ve got sweet carrots, cherry tomatoes, and a zippy little maple-lemon vinaigrette.

I’ve been wanting to publish this salad dressing forever! It’s been a great discovery slash invention this year – the pure maple syrup provides just the right amount of sweetness along with the lemon tang, and a touch of Dijon mustard and chili powder give it some kick. So good.

My all-time favourite thing to throw into a salad is quinoa. It turns a simple salad into a meal, packing a big protein punch and providing you with a bit more substance in your salad. Add the chickpeas – you’ve got yourself a perfect meatless Monday meal for the summer.

I ate this salad for a week straight, and I never got sick of it. Make a big batch and take it along to work for a filling and healthy lunch, or serve it on the side with your next dinner from the grill.

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Kale Salad

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Roasted corn and chickpeas tossed into fresh kale and lightly coated in a maple-lemon vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (either from a can or frozen and thawed)
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • cherry tomatoes (as many as you'd like)
  • green olives (as many as you'd like)

Maple-Lemon Vinaigrette

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Rinse and drain 1 can of chickpeas, then measure out 1 cup and pat dry. Spread them onto the baking sheet, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the chickpeas and rub them with your hands to coat. Sprinkle with salt, then place into the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While the chickpeas are cooking, place the corn in a small bowl. Regardless of whether you use corn that was previously frozen or canned corn, be sure to drain all of the liquid out. Add the remaining olive oil and stir to coat the corn. After 15 minutes, remove the chickpeas, add the corn to the pan and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until the corn and chickpeas are crunchy. Remove from the oven, and add the paprika and cumin, shaking the pan to coat evenly.
  4. Chop the kale into small pieces, and place into a large salad bowl. Using your hands, "massage" the kale for a few minutes, or until it has softened and turned into a brighter shade of green.
  5. Add to the bowl the chickpeas and corn, the cooled quinoa, shredded carrot, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and olives.
  6. Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the lemon juice, maple syrup, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and chili powder. Taste the dressing, and add a pinch of salt if desired. Coat the salad with the dressing, tossing thoroughly. Allow the salad to sit for about 10 minutes (or longer) for the flavours to marinate before serving.

Salad will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge, and tastes even better the next day!!

Pin this summer salad for your next gathering!

Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

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Roasted corn and chickpeas tossed into fresh kale and lightly coated in a maple-lemon vinaigrette.
 

26 Comments

  1. This is such a wholesome and fresh looking salad!! I love the flavors in there Katherine!! I am glad to find out how to roast the chickpeas and corn 😀 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    What a beautiful salad, Katherine! You’ve managed to put all my favorite ingredients (Well, you haven’t added lavender, cherries, and irish cream, but I believe it’s acceptable in this case hah). I do love olives too (especially green ones), and I can easily it them right straight from the jar:) Have a nice weekend and good luck with the cupcakes!

  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    OK, so I feel like you created this recipe just for me. It literally has all of my favorite savory ingredients in it. I’m soooo with you on olives! Their salty brininess never ceases to make me swoon :). I need to make this ASAP! Have a great cupcake-filled weekend!

  4. This would be the perfect side to take to a cookout!

  5. Seriously…..all my favorite things!!! And I love roasting chickpeas! So yummy!!

  6. I probably roast chickpeas at least once every week for the kids. Roasting corn along with it, is such a brilliant idea. The salad looks and sounds fabulous, but roasted corn and chickpeas is my jam…I’m so gonna make this. Thanks for sharing dear.

  7. Love it and will definitely be back for cupcakes ! Thank you !

  8. So fun to have X3 birthday party! And you get to make lots of cupcakes… yumm. I love roasted chickpeas and trying to get my better half to love it so I get to make it more often 🙂 Love a good hearty salad ..

  9. marcie@flavorthemoments

    Kale salads are my FAVORITE! I love the crispy chickpeas and olives are always welcome where I’m concerned. 🙂 This is a great salad to eat in anticipation of cupcake eating!

  10. Can you believe I just recently ate my first kale salad that I actually loved! I am so happy – I guess it took my tastebuds a little while to catch on to what is good! I love this salad! Done done done!!

  11. roasted chickpeas are my fav snack and addition to salads! this looks great!

  12. This salad makes me happy and olives in a salad are a real treat. The flavor combos are fab and those roasted chickpeas seal the deal. Take care.

  13. YES ALL THE OLIVES. my office had a trivia night/happy hour last thursday, and i was sitting by the snack table with another woman, mowing down olives. and there was leftover food today from something or other (there’s always some sort of food lying around), and dove in immediately for the olives. oh, and i guess everything else in this salad sounds good too (; roasted corn is the best!

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