Garlic Braised Greens and Chickpea Salad

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Add a whole lot of flavor and nutrition to your main course!

Are you tired of eating the same bland sides over and over again? If you’re one of the many people who have had enough brown rice and steamed broccoli to last a lifetime, it’s time to switch it up. You’re going to want to try our Garlic Braised Greens and Chickpea Salad. It makes a great addition to any main course!

This side dish takes only 20 minutes to prepare, but the wonderful, earthy flavors will have you believing it took much longer than that! Better yet, this recipe is loaded with incredible nutrients, and it comes in at only 129 calories per serving. At this point, what reason do you have not to try it?

Nutrient-Loaded Greens 

Garlic Braised Greens and Chickpea Salad

The main ingredients in this recipe are several different types of nutritious greens. It includes kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, and mustard greens. On their own, each of these are nutritional powerhouses. When combined, the benefits become even greater.

This recipe will provide you with fiber and antioxidants, as well as calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, magnesium, and potassium! These nutrients promote heart health, bone health, and offer several different disease-fighting properties as well.

Chickpeas for Plant-Based Protein

Garlic Braised Greens and Chickpea Salad

In addition to the wealth of vitamins and minerals provided by the different greens, this recipe also contains one of our favorite plant-based proteins. Chickpeas are delicious, and they’re full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They also add plenty of volume to your meal to help fill your belly for hours. 

Your New Go-To Side

The flavors and health benefits of this tasty side dish are sure to make this one of your favorite new recipes. It’s incredibly simple to make, and it’s just as easy to clean up! That  said, it is just a side dish, so you need a main course to go with it, right?

Consider pairing this garlic braised greens and chickpea salad recipe with one of these healthy main courses:

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Garlic Braised Greens and Chickpea Salad

Packed with healthy greens, this salad will leave you full and satisfied!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup kale stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups collard greens stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups mustard greens stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Swiss chard stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chickpeas cooked and rinsed (if using canned beans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Once hot, add the kale, collard greens, mustard greens and Swiss chard.
  • Just as the greens begin to will, stir in the garlic, chickpeas, salt, and pepper. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the greens are wilted. Drain off any excess liquid (the greens will release liquid as they cook). Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3986IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords Vegan

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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