I recently stumbled upon an article claiming that there’s a “backlash against kale”.  I don’t remember where it was, because honestly, WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?  I stopped reading before I ever started.  If there IS a “backlash against kale” I certainly don’t want to sit down for dinner with the said backlashers.  Instead I’m left wondering when are we going to BACKLASH against actual problems?  When will we say ENOUGH with corporations who put chemicals, sugar and fat in our foods that has no business being there?  When will we BACKLASH against obesity, heart disease, diabetes and the insane rise in autoimmune diseases and cancer? If you’re not angry about the state of food in this country world, if it doesn’t make you FURIOUS that there’s no way to tell if your lunch has been genetically modified short of exclusively buying organic, I think it’s time we have dinner.  I’ll serve you this kale salad and get you all riled up, I promise!  {And you will LOVE the salad, there will be no backlash there.}

Want to know how you can take a stand and say ENOUGH ALREADY, every single day?  Use your dollars. Shop at your local farmers market.  Stop buying foods that have mile long lists of ingredients that you need a PHD to even pronounce.  Use your vote, use your best judgement, use your heart.  Ask questions at restaurants. Request more organic produce at your grocery store.  Talk to your family and friends about what you’re eating, what they’re eating, where it all comes from.  I believe in us, I know we can ALL do better.  Yes, absolutely 1000% me too.  Let’s do it, ok?  Because if I even see another headline claiming that the “kale fad” is over I’m going to scream.  Loudly.  And it will probably startle my dogs.  I don’t want to do that.  …*climbs off soapbox* xx- Sarah {recipe and more after the jump}



Serves 2



1 large head of curly kale

2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one can)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon paprika

3 tablespoons chopped preserved lemons (recipe here)

1 Meyer lemon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Extra preserved lemons to garnish



– Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

– Rinse kale, remove stems, tear into pieces.  Toss in just enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

–  Toast kale for 25 minutes or until kale is a good mixture of wilted and crunchy.

–  In a sauté pan combine coconut oil, chickpeas, paprika, chopped preserved lemons and a hearty pinch of sea salt.  Cook over medium high heat until chickpeas are crispy, stirring frequently!

– In a large serving bowl combine kale and chickpeas.  Squeeze 1/2 of a fresh Meyer lemon over the top, drizzle lightly with a high quality olive oil and sprinkle with finishing salt.  Garnish with a few slices of preserved lemons. Serve immediately!


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  1. Corinne|

    Thank you thank you thank you!!

    Why people are picking a fight over vegetables when it's PROVEN that processed food CAUSES diseases is completely bewildering.

  2. Joyce|

    AMEN. Seriously, I am SO THRILLED to hear someone else that has the same strong reaction as me when I see these "kale is a dying fad" headlines. WTF is right!

  3. Katie|

    This was the PERFECT post to read this morning. You are so right. It's disgusting what passes for food. Even at "healthy" co-ops and stores like while foods. You really have to be on your A-game when buying anything packaged or pre-made. I just whipped up your recipe for roasted potato and warmed kale salad (for the fourth time in two weeks 🙂 ) and I think this will have to come up next. Thanks Sarah!

  4. courtney|

    I saw the stupid article also. Amen, Sarah. I totally agreeMy mom even was called trying to tell me that my green juicing isn't that healthy. And, I'm like, SERIOUSLY this is ridiculous.

  5. Jamie|

    I hardly ever comment on blog posts, but this one was too good to pass up. As a person who has watched numerous family members suffer for years from celiac disease, chrons disease and diverticulitis, it sickens me to read these articles about how healthy food is a fad. I could not agree with you more. Thank you Sarah!

  6. jamie levine|

    So glad another blogger is sharing this. I just wrote a post about this (and used your gorgeous kale and blood orange salad in one of the photos). People are so lame sometimes.

  7. Erica R|

    YES! This salad looks delicious but your comments about the "backlash" against kale are even more perfect. Every dollar is a vote and we all must treat it as such. THANK YOU!

  8. stefania|

    normally/regretfully, i'm no fan of kale. however! your salad looks absolutely delicious. for the sake of trying something new, i'll give it a whirl this week. thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Lily|

    Amen!! I recently saw an article trying to scare people away from kale saying it causes a specific kind of disease… but if you actually read the whole thing it basically listed all vegetables and said that they might worsen a very specific condition that some people already have. But of course the title tried to get you to think oh shit, kale is now bad for me, better stay away! It was insane.

  10. sarah yates|

    Thank you everyone! I'm so happy to read that so many of you feel the same way. It can make a girl feel crazy!!!! 🙂

  11. Allison Hicks|

    I completely concur! Hilarious and so very true! Can't wait to try the salad!

  12. Leslie|

    So well said, and inspirational! You are right! I am angry about the state of food in our country/world, but it's so easy to forget that because the meaning of "normal" in terms of food has become warped. Thanks for the passionate reminder.

    (Oh yeah, and this is a gorgeous meal. Simple and clean food – plus I LOVE the idea of toasting kale until it's kind of toasty and kind of wilted.)

  13. estelle|

    AMEN, sister! Please do not ever get off your soap box. You have said everything I've been feeling in my heart for these past few months. People are finally starting to wake up to the sad and disgraceful state of food. We cannot stop talking about this stuff.

  14. shelley|

    THANK YOU. I'm so sick and tired of seeing posts about "the kale fad" etc. etc. Eating healthy should NOT be considered a fad or trend. It's disgusting. Kale should be seen as an awesome vegetable, and not some new hip celebrity in the food world. I mean, come on.

  15. Archana | my SoCal'd life|

    Your soapbox is well-warranted! I'm more and more appalled by the state of our food with each day that passes. In general, I think everywhere BUT the U.S. has a better handle on things (i.e. less processed, organic, local), but with all the Westernization, even those countries are beginning to lose those traditions. So much has become fast food, frozen and preservative-laden meals. It's incredibly sad. Thanks for bringing it up!

  16. Lauren|

    I didn't think I could like you any more than I already do and then you said "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?" hahaha. LOVE IT! And THEN I kept reading. AMEN SISTER!!!! I love that you are not only ridiculously fashionable, but healthy too. Now, if I could just come up with some extra time to make each and every one of your recipes. I've "pinned" them just in case said time comes about…


  17. Megan Kaake|

    Speaking as a senior in college who is getting their degree in nutrition I love everything that you are saying and I would love to have a dinner talking about the problems that are facing us and ways to help others realize this information! KEEP IT GOING!! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
    Love all the recipes on how to eat healthy and deliciously!
    Megan Kaake

  18. dishing up the dirt|

    Thank you for this post! my husband and I are organic vegetable farmers. Our livelihood depends on people spending just a tiny bit more for fresh, local, organic food that is grown with love. Kale will never go out of style in our fields!!!

  19. Tunie|

    Really great rant! Pretty sure that type of 'news' is planted by marketing people driving traffic to frito's or whatever they think takes the place of kale. However, not to fan the fire, but I did read somewhere that the white russian variety of kale is undergoing gmo trials, fyi… I'll be investing in a communal greenhouse to grow my own one of these days, if things don't change soon!

  20. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom|

    I hear you on all the kale crap. . I love and adore kale as well and just wanted to share this article that my friend recently posted on FB. I don't know which article you glanced at but there is some validity to some of it. . it's a kale-thyroid connection that people I think are just taking note of:

    what I took away: cook your kale as much as possible. I always throw raw kale into my salads and now I'm probably going to stop doing this. . I roast kale all the time, which seems fine and what you did here with chickpeas looks absolutely amazing! Cheers!

  21. labmom|

    I just discovered that I liked kale last year, after being convinced I didn't. So, I am loving finding fun kale recipes to try. This one looks perfect. Thanks!

  22. sarah yates|

    Sorry about that Kristen, just updated! The paprika goes on the chickpeas! 🙂

  23. Kim|

    Hi, I want to try this but I don't know how to toast Kale. I'm sure it is going to be super simple but can you explain please?
    Thanks much!

  24. sarah yates|

    Hi Kim! The recipe is in the post above, with instructions on how to toast the kale! 🙂

  25. Lea Johnson|

    This was yummy! I used frozen kale from my garden last summer and added a curry flair to the paprika. Delish!

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