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Monday, July 6, 2015

{Kale Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Chickpeas}

**Reposting this recipe for this weeks weekly menu!  It is one of my favorite kale salads!  Super delicious and easy to make!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

I am always trying to find news ways to incorporate kale into my daily (or weekly) diet!  I will occasionally add kale into my green smoothies, kale chips are always a fav of mine(recipe to come) or the easiest way I have found to add this leafy green into my diet is by tossing this nutritional power house into my daily green salad  (I mention in this post, my brown bag lunch packing tendencies)!

However, this time I am not just adding kale to my daily salad, this salads main ingredient is the nutrient packed leafy green!  This flavor packed salad features a zingy tzatziki style yogurt dressing, protein packed chickpeas, and kale!  This salad is delicious, full of good for you ingredients and makes lunch packing a breeze!  Make a batch Sunday for your week!

Kale Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Chickpeas
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 3-4 

Juice from One Lemon 
1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used 0%) 
1/4 Cup Fresh Dill 
1 Teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper 
1/2 Teaspoon Salt (or to taste) 
 3 Garlic Cloves Minced 
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil 
1- 15 Oz. Can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
1/4 Cup Cucumber, Peeled and Diced 
1 Large Bunch Kale Chopped into bite size pieces (I used a half bunch of Lacinato Kale and a half bunch of Curly Kale)
1 Avocado for serving - if desired 

1- Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl and set aside. 
2- In small bowl combine yogurt, lemon juice, dill, salt pepper, olive oil and garlic cloves.  Mix until well combined. 
3- Pour yogurt dressing over kale and massage dressing into kale for 2 minutes,  and ensure that dressing is evenly distributed.  
**Massaging the dressing into the kale will take the bitter edge out of the kale leaves and will cause them to wilt slightly!  
4- Stir sliced cucumber into kale.  Let salad rest in the fridge for an hour. 
5- Before serving stir in chickpeas and serve immediately.

This salad will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.