I have to confess, I wasn’t a Kale fan initially. It’s a bitter leaf when you don’t know how to prepare it. Yet somehow the salad bar at Whole Foods managed to perfect that too, so naturally, I started loving Kale. So let’s give the whole foods garlicky kale recipe a try!

Whole Foods Garlicky Kale Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 160 kcal


  • 1 bundle raw kale OR 4 cups chopped raw kale
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp  apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt to taste

Optional add-ins

  • 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tandoori masala spice blend
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated

You can make your tandoori masala at home, all you need are these spices

  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • Blend all the spices and you have yourself a DIY Tandoori Spice mix


  • Roast almonds in toaster oven or skillet till golden-brown, place in a bowl, and set aside
  • Chop the kale into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl
  • In a blender add tahini, lemon juice, vinegar, and yeast, blend to desired consistency
  • Pour the blended dressing over the kale
  • Sprinkle the almonds and parmesan
  • Give everything a good toss
  • Place in fridge to let the kale marinate
  • Remove from fridge after 20 minutes and serve

If you want a spicier bowl with chickpeas, follow these steps

  • After you have set aside your kale and dressing, line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  • Properly rinse and drain chickpeas
  • Add chickpeas in a bowl and season with tandoori masala
  • Place seasoned chickpeas on a tray, drizzle minced garlic over it
  • Season with avocado oil or olive oil
  • Place the baking tray in the oven and let it bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven after chickpeas become fragrant
  • Combine kale, chickpeas, and dressing giving everything a good toss
  • Serve chilled
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Easy wasn’t it! I made this whole foods garlicky kale recipe after careful analysis of different recipes and ingredients. This is our version of Garlicky Kale Salad, so try it out and let us know!

Why Make Salads at Home

The thing is, buying simple foods like salads from stores isn’t economic especially during a pandemic.

The next best thing to do would be to make it yourself, shouldn’t be that hard right? Luckily Kale isn’t a food you can mess up too much, all you need to know is what ingredients to add to bring out its taste and work with different flavors.

Side Dishes

Kale is undoubtedly a superfood you can add to your breakfast, smoothies, or scrambles. It also goes well with Instant pot Mongolian Beef, adding much needed fiber to a protein-rich meal. Another good protein meal that needs Garlicky Kale is Almond Butter Chicken.

While we’re still on proteins, also have a look at Walnut Crusted Salmon Fillets, they pair wonderfully with a fresh kale salad. Green leafy Chicken Spinach Pizza makes a great combination with leafy green Kale Salad. Creamy Curry Penne Pasta with a healthy serving of Garlicky Kale, sounds so deliciously refreshing! Make sure to try Cheesy Artichoke Bread Ring with Kale, they make a stellar combo!

Kale Recipes

Kale Salad is a hearty meal that you can never have enough of! We recommend these Kale Recipes: 

Health Benefits

Kale is a super food packed with nutrients that’s been recently gaining popularity. Some health benefits are:

  • Vitamin A helps in strong eyesight and keeps our immune system strong
  • Vitamin B, specifically folate which helps in brain development
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: they keep our heart functioning at an optimal level
  • Kale also has minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, and Potassium, they keep our bones and teeth healthy

There are a bunch of different types of kale available in the market:

  • Curly Kale, most common and has bright green leaves
  • Dinosaur Kale has wrinkly narrow green leaves
  • Redbor Kale has purple to red ruffled leaves
  • Russian Kale has flat fringer leaves and is green, red, or purple