17 Kale Recipes That Will Make You Fall in Love with This Leafy Green
Looking for new ways to incorporate kale into your everyday meals? We have inspired and delicious recipes that make use of the dark, leafy green. Kale is loaded with nutrients, and these recipes give you plenty of ways to incorporate it into breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Whether you're adding kale to a salad or turning it into a fabulous sheet pan dinner, such as our Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella, these recipes offer something for everyone and every occasion.
Kale becomes sweeter when grown in cold weather, so it's best to purchase between mid-fall through early spring. When shopping for kale, look for firm, deep-green leaves, and avoid any that are wilted or have yellow spots. To store, keep kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator, loosely wrapped in beeswax paper (plastic-free!). Though it seems like a sturdy vegetable, kale will quickly wilt and turn bitter, so use it quickly.
Kale is spectacular in so many recipes beyond just a sautéed vegetable side dish or as the base for a crunchy salad (though we certainly love it there, too). Take Sausage-and-Kale Stuffed Shells, for example—who knew that kale was what we were missing in a hearty baked pasta dish? It's the ultimate comfort food that we'll have on repeat all winter long.
Another great way to use kale is in soup. Its study leaves hold up well to the broth and hearty ingredients. Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup is a delicious vegan recipe to enjoy when the weather gets cooler. Stracciatella Soup with Kale and Lemon updates the classic egg-based Italian soup by adding in leafy kale—and the best part is that this tasty soup comes together in just 35 minutes.
Grab a bundle, strip the leaves, and get to work. Our delicious kale recipes are just around the corner.
Sausage-and-Kale Stuffed Shells
Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup
Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella
Kale and Roasted-Potato Salad
Lentil Soup with Crispy Kale
A spiced lentil soup—made with chili powder, tomato paste, brown lentils, and red-wine vinegar—is hearty and flavorful. Crisp kale is the perfect crunch on top of the stew.
Julienned-Carrot and Kale Salad
Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans
Buttery, flaky sea bass is paired with kale and white beans in this impressive main course. A bright and tangy vinaigrette made from orange juice, red-wine vinegar, sliced red onions, and Kalamata olives is a burst of flavor that elevates each and every ingredient.
Kale Caesar Salad with Rye Croutons
Stracciatella Soup with Kale and Lemon
Kale, Corn, and Jalapeño Muffins
Kale and Farro Salad with Feta
Kale and Lentil Bowl with Avocado Dressing
Healthy and hearty, those are the two words to describe this bowl (oh, and delicious, too!). Whether you have it for lunch or dinner, you're guaranteed to feel good after eating it.
Squash Hash with Kale and Baked Eggs
Freekeh with Roasted Butternut Squash, Seared Kale, and Caramelized Onion Jam
This dish is so versatile—serve it as a hearty lunch or an all-in-one side dish (veggies and grains together!).
Kale-and-Avocado Salad with Dates
In just 10 minutes, you can create a spectacular green salad topped with big shavings of Parmesan cheese and slivers of dates. It looks gorgeous and tastes even better.
All you need for this nutritious beverage is a juicer plus three ingredients—kale, apples, and lemon. Sip it whenever you want a boost of nutrients or a refreshing beverage.