Kale Caesar with Fried Chickpeas

This tangy Caesar salad from F&W’s Justin Chapple is topped with light, airy and supercrunchy pan-fried chickpeas.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • Canola oil, for frying
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 1/4 pounds curly kale, stemmed and chopped (10 cups)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Add the chickpeas and fry over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chickpeas to paper towels to drain. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the lemon juice, mustard, garlic and the 1/4 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the kale and toss to coat. Add the fried chickpeas and toss again. Top with shredded Parmesan and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy, medium-bodied Spanish white, like Verdejo.

Contributed By Photo © Eva Kolenko Published January 2016

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 3

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Chris

Review Body: I like the roast in-oven idea for the chickpeas. Will try. The dressing turns out really nice if you blend it in a Nutribullet or small food processor. I juice the dressing with a couple anchovies and it's the bomb. I double the dressing and save it for use with other salads -- nothing in it is especially prone to spoiling so it will keep for a week or more.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-03-17

Author Name: got3dogs

Review Body: I roast the chick peas with olive oil, salt and pepper in a 350 oven for 20 minutes. They are perfect! The whole recipe is a keeper!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-08

Author Name: Bev Morrison

Review Body: This was amazing, the dressing was superb!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-11