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Masala Chickpea Kale Salad with Mango Turmeric Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Allison
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6+ servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan kale salad is topped with masala-spiced chickpeas, pickled onion, cucumber, bell peppers, naan ‘croutons,’ and mango turmeric tahini dressing. It’s delicious and satisfying!



Quick Pickled Onions

  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or cane sugar

Masala Chickpeas

  • 1 tbsp oil (extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or ghee)
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas (or 2 14-oz cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, or to taste

Mango Turmeric Dressing

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup peeled, diced mango
  • 1/2 cup water

Naan Croutons

  • 3 naan breads
  • Olive oil, for brushing

Greens and Vegetables

  • 2 medium bunches of kale or spinach, tough stems removed and chopped into ribbons
  • 1/2 an English cucumber, julienned or diced
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Make the pickled onions (optional- you can also just use thinly sliced red onion if you don’t want to pickle them): In a small saucepan, bring water, apple cider, salt, and maple syrup to a low boil. Thinly slice a red onion and place it in a heatproof jar. Pour the liquid over top and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the masala chickpeas: Warm the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add the chickpeas. Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes. In a small dish, mix together the salt and spices. Sprinkle over the chickpeas and stir to coat. Cook five minutes more. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Make the mango turmeric dressing: Combine the tahini, lemon juice, salt, turmeric, pepper, chili flakes, garlic, mango, and water in a blender. Blend until smooth and transfer into a jar until ready to use.
  4. Make the naan chips: Slice the naan into triangles and arrange in an even layer, avoiding overlap, on one large or two smaller baking sheets. Lightly brush both sides with oil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Make the salad: If using kale, place it in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) of dressing over top and use your hands to massage it into the leaves. Add more dressing, if desired, reserving the rest for drizzling on top of individual salad portions. (The dressing actually makes double what you’ll need for the salad, but my opinion is that you can never go wrong with having a jar of sauce or dressing in the fridge at all times, and this one keeps for well over a week.) Add half of the cucumber, half of the bell pepper, and half of the chickpeas, reserving the other half for garnish at the end.
  6. Transfer the salad to a large serving platter or salad bowl and top with the remaining chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, cilantro, and some pickled red onion. Drizzle with some more mango tahini turmeric dressing, and arrange the naan chips around the edges.


Make a wrap or “naanwich” by skipping the naan chips and putting everything onto a tortilla or naan bread instead! I have tried it, and it is delicious!

The dressing makes a lot- about 2 cups worth! You’ll only need a maximum of 1 cup for this salad, so feel free to make a half batch if you don’t want leftover dressing. I personally enjoy have a lot of homemade sauce/dressing in the fridge to use when I’m in a hurry!

  • Category: Lunch, Supper, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: masala chickpea kale salad, turmeric tahini mango dressing, kale chickpea salad