Kale, orange and toasted mixed seed salad

Need a healthy, vegan lunch idea? This delicious salad from The Australian Women's Weekly's 'Vegan Kitchen' cookbook is packed with kale, blood orange and chickpeas and can be ready in 20 minutes.

  • 18 mins preparation
  • 2 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Kale, orange and toasted mixed seed salad
  • 1 medium blood orange (240g)
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels)
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 250 gram (8 ounces) kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 400 gram (12½ ounces) canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
Orange and tahini dressing
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) hulled tahini
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water, approximately


Kale, orange and toasted mixed seed salad
  • 1
    Finely grate rind from orange; reserve 1 teaspoon for the dressing. Segment orange by peeling rind thickly from orange so no white pith remains. Cut between membranes, over a bowl to catch juice, releasing segments into another bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes; you will need 2 tablespoons juice for the dressing.
  • 2
    Make orange and tahini dressing; whisk tahini with reserved rind and juice in a small bowl. Gradually add enough of the water until dressing becomes a pouring consistency; whisk until smooth. Season to taste.
  • 3
    Place seeds in a small frying pan; stir seeds continuously over medium heat for 2 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • 4
    Remove stems from kale; shred kale finely. Place kale in a large bowl with oil; rub oil into kale until leaves begin to soften.
  • 5
    Add chickpeas, orange segments and dressing to kale; toss gently to combine. Serve sprinkled with toasted seeds. Season.


The iron in plant foods like kale is not as well absorbed as that in meat, but eaten with vitamin C-rich foods like citrus, the uptake is increased. The orange and tahini dressing can be made 2 hours ahead but will thicken on standing; whisk in a little extra cold water or orange juice before serving.

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