Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Chopped salad with roasted chickpeas – A colorful, hearty, vegetarian chopped salad with roasted chickpeas and kale tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing. Vibrant, healthy and filling.

Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas | Green Valley Kitchen

I was going to call this chopped salad with roasted chickpeas a rainbow chopped salad because it is so colorful.

This vibrant, filling salad is packed with fresh vegetables and crunchy roasted chickpeas.

You start with baby kale tossed in a garlicky, tangy buttermilk dressing.

Next, top the kale with nutty roasted chickpeas, crunchy bell pepper, cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, salty feta and olives.

When it’s all tossed together it makes a bright, healthy, hearty salad.

Chopped Salad with roasted chickpeas | Green Valley Kitchen

The classic buttermilk dressing for this salad really won me over – it’s light and garlicky and tangy.

I don’t make buttermilk dressings very often because they are usually too thick but this dressing is not heavy or thick – it’s a light, garlicky dressing that easily coats all the kale and vegetables.

The chickpeas are roasted with a little bit of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.   After roasting, they become crunchy and nutty.  Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber so they make a great, healthy addition to this salad.

Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas | Green Valley Kitchen

A couple of notes:

  • After rinsing and straining the chickpeas, make sure to dry the chickpeas with paper towel – blot off as much water as you can.  This will help with the crispy factor when you roast them.
  • I used baby kale in this salad.  I find it easier to eat than regular kale – it’s not as tough or chewy as regular kale.
  • After you’ve made the dressing, toss half of it over the baby kale and let it marinate the kale while the chickpeas are roasting in the oven.  This will help soften the kale up a bit.
  • This salad holds up well in the fridge – so make some extra for lunch the next day.  And if you want to change things up at bit, try adding it to a tortilla as a wrap for lunch.

The buttermilk dressing adapted from this recipe.


Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

A colorful, hearty, vegetarian chopped salad with roasted chickpeas and kale tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing. Vibrant, healthy and filling.

  • Author: Geraldine
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • Salad
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 5 oz bag of baby kale – roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
  • 1 yellow pepper – seeds removed – diced into a medium size dice
  • 1/2 large cucumber – peeled and seeded – diced into a medium size dice
  • 2 oz of feta – diced
  • 10 kalamata olives – roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs red onion – minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 twists of black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tbs mayonaise
  • 1 clove of garlic – mashed to a paste
  • 1 tbs chives – finely minced
  • 1 tbs parsley – finely minced
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 5 twists of black pepper
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse canned chickpeas and dry with paper towel.
  3. Toss chickpeas with 1 tbs olive oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 8 twists of pepper and a pinch of salt.
  4. Spread chickpeas out onto a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir the chickpeas so they don’t burn. Remove when they are toasted and golden brown. Let cool.
  5. While chickpeas are cooking, make the dressing.
  6. Smash 1 clove of garlic to a paste.
  7. Mince chives and parsley.
  8. Add smashed garlic, chives, parsley, buttermilk, mayo, white wine vinegar, black pepper and salt to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  9. Roughly chop baby kale and toss with half the buttermilk dressing – let marinate while you’re prepping the rest of the salad.
  10. Chop cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow pepper, feta, olives and red onion.
  11. Add chopped vegetables and roasted chickpeas to the salad and toss with remaining buttermilk dressing.

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20 comments on “Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen

    This looks like such a healthy and refreshing salad! I love the addition of roasted chickpeas, which must add so much flavor. And I’m really liking the look of your buttermilk dressing! I usually don’t love creamy dressings either, but kale is so sturdy that I think a dressing like this is the perfect complement. Thank you for sharing, Geraldine!

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Julia – I’m with you on the creamy dressings – they’ve usually too thick and goopy – but this one was really good – not too thick, covered all the veggies easily and packed with garlicy flavor – it really made this salad.

  2. Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    I love the looks of those crunchy roasted chickpeas in there, what a great addition to salads. I’m going to roast up a batch this weekend and get a chopped salad going for lunches next week. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Katie – This is a good salad for lunches since it holds up well in the fridge overnight. I think it would work really well in a wrap or pita as well. Have a good one.

  3. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    What a gorgeous salad you’ve put together Geraldine!! Love the roasted chickpeas and that buttermilk dressing…. I’m melting!! I just saw some baby kale at the store yesterday… I almost bought it, but opted for a spring mix instead. I’ll pick some up next time….. it is so much more tender then full leaf kale. I love sturdy salads, like this one, that hold up in the fridge for days! Thank you Geraldine and thanks for the tip on making a wrap out of this too! Perfect for lunch or a picnic (Spring is coming!! Yeeeee!!)

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks so much, Traci! I love baby kale – it definitely easier to eat than regular kale. The buttermilk dressing is now my new favorite dressing. And yes, yay to spring!

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Kathy – the roasted chickpeas definitely makes this a hearty salad. They also change the taste of the chickpeas – giving them a crunchy, nutty flavor. Hope you try it!


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