nutritional information

Per Serving (3 rolls and 1/3 cup salsa):

  • Calories: 232
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 313 mg
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Sugar: 21 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Rice and Chickpea Kale Rolls with Pineapple Salsa

Rice and Chickpea Kale Rolls with Pineapple Salsa

Serves 4

Lacinato kale is the easiest variety to fold for these emerald green rolls.
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • ¾ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup white basmati rice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 12 large Lacinato kale leaves
  • 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup fresh mint or cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. grated lime zest
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar or agave nectar

To make Kale Rolls:

1. Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add chickpeas, broth, rice, cumin, paprika, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Cool.

2. Trim thick stems from center of kale leaves. Place 1 large or 2 small overlapping kale leaves on work surface with tip away from you. Pull together cut edges where stem was removed to overlap. Spoon 2 Tbs. chickpea mixture in center of bottom of leaf. Fold in sides, and roll up leaf to tip. Repeat with remaining kale and filling.

To make Salsa:

3. Stir together all ingredients in bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve Kale Rolls with Salsa.

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the 3/4 cup broth wasn't enough to cook the 1/2 cup rice; had to add more and turn up the heat.

Suzanne - 2014-02-15 22:59:12

Try this one!

Anjali - 2014-02-09 20:08:33

Look good?

Rachel - 2014-02-05 11:44:42

Sounds good

Brenda - 2014-02-04 17:47:54

You can definitely eat the kale raw, as the recipe intends. If you wanted to, you could use brown rice and increase the cook time (might need more liquid). To the person who asked what to use instead of kale, any big leaf should work: collard greens, cabbage, lettuce. Also, no cooking required for the salsa, but you might want to make it ahead so the flavors blend more.

PennyParsnip - 2013-02-13 17:48:00

i made this but added some sherreded cabbage to the mixture and not wrapped in kale but stuffed it iun a pobbalno chile sooo good!

marijane - 2013-01-16 20:40:04

Dear chef. I´m sorry, I didn´t understand how to cook the pinapple salsa. Meanwhile, If in my country there is no Lacinato, Can I cook this recipe with other leaf? Thanks for the recipe. God bless you all.

Diana Rincón - 2012-11-16 04:34:03

to all of you confused on the kale... kale cooks very quickly so it doesn't really matter how you cook it... i imagine that the hot chickpea mixture would even cook the kale itself. But if it doesn't seem cooked enough for you, do whatever! Bake it, steam it... use your intuition! Cooking is about creativity and trusting yourself!

Rori - 2012-07-31 02:13:29

MM, this looks good! I'm going to try this but I think I'm going to replace the rice with quinoa for more fiber :)

Katharine - 2012-01-27 12:04:47

My concern is at what point do you cook the kale? Do you steam it after it's stuffed or steam it before stuffing it? Looks great.

Maria - 2012-01-04 12:10:58

This one is a keeper, thank you

Rosemarie - 2011-10-25 19:21:59

Do you cook the rice first before adding to pan? I tried it using brown basmati rice and it never got soft. Otherwise everything tasted great. (I also briefly steamed the kale).

Lisa - 2011-08-30 23:12:52

DELICIOUS! My kids (3,6) ate EVERY bite! We steamed the kale, and served the rolls with a few tortilla chips...

Maranatha - 2011-08-17 23:51:16

I have the same question as Amy and do you cut the stem totally out or just trim it?

Toni - 2011-08-16 18:05:13

How is the kale itself cooked?? Steamed? It's not raw???

Amy - 2011-08-07 09:06:44