14 Kale Recipes That You'll Actually Want to Eat

Beets don’t kale my vibe.

September 21, 2017
Christopher Testani

Meet kale, the nutritional powerhouse. High in fiber and low in calories, the vegetable is packed with unsurpassed health benefits. It’s no surprise that kale has become so popular, so quickly.  

With a variety of ways to enjoy the leafy green, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. If you’ve never cooked with kale before, you’re not alone.

Check out these kale recipes to get you started, and let your taste buds go wild. Oh, kale yeah.   

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Mitch Mandel
Breakfast Greens

This single-pan side has everything your sleepy head needs in the morning. This goes great with Biscuits and Gravy.

Get the Breakfast Greens recipe from Thug Kitchen

Lindsey Johnson
Tropical Turmeric Cleanser

If that wasn't enough to make you do a happy dance, by adding kale to your green smoothies, you're also adding a great antioxidant boost.

Get the Tropical Turmeric Cleanser recipe from Simple Green Smoothies

Green Detox Smoothie

Think you're not a fan of greens? Fall in love with the queen of the superfoods, kale.

Get the Green Detox Smoothie recipe from The Detox Prescription

Pizza Kale Chips
Mitch Mandel
Pizza Kale Chips

DIY chips offer the most nutrients and fewest funky ingredients per crunch since you get to control how much oil, salt, and other seasonings you use.

Get the Pizza Kale Chips recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Dairy-Free Cheesy Kale Chips

Rather than stock up on salty chips and cookies that have more cartoons than nutrition, try making these Dairy-Free Cheesy Kale Chips.

Get the Dairy-Free Cheesy Kale Chips recipe from FutureChefs

Kale, Kale
Mitch Mandel
Sautéed Kale With Garlic and Beans

Elevating side dishes to entrée status is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. Treat the meat or pasta as a side dish, taking up a quarter to a third of your plate, and make the vegetables your main meal.

Get the Sautéed Kale With Garlic and Beans recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

Mitch Mandel
Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This is the perfect salad. It's high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and even electrolytes, such as potassium. Plus it's low in calories, and it's yummy! 

Get the Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette recipe from What Doctors Eat

Jason Houston
White Bean Soup With Kale

With this soup, not only are you getting the nutritional benefits of the kale, but also the carrots and white beans help your eyes.

Get the White Bean Soup With Kale recipe from Eat Right for Your Sight

Christopher Testani
Soppressata Kale Pizza

This soppressata, sautéed kale, olive oil, and flake salt pizza is as much about texture as it is taste. When soppressata is thinly sliced, it crisps up and curls on the edges and is a perfect complement to similarly cut tender ribbons of kale.

Get the Soppressata, Sautéed Kale, Olive Oil, and Flake Salt Pizza recipe from Truly Madly Pizza

Mitch Mandel
Linguine with Kale, Olives, and Currants

Sweet dried currants paired with salty olives is a delicious combination in this earthy pasta. 

Get the Linguine with Kale, Olives, and Currants recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw
Kathryne Taylor
Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw

Meet your new slaw soulmate. It’s a vibrant, hefty, slightly sweet slaw that is great on its own.

Get the Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw recipe from Love Real Food

kale salad with zesty lemon dressing
Kale Salad With Zesty Lemon Dressing

It's so good, even kids will love it!

Get the Kale Salad With Zesty Lemon Dressing recipe from Scratch

Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing
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Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Pro tip: Double the batch and use it another day drizzled over roasted vegetables.

Get the Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing recipe from 5 Pounds

Braised Kale with Black-Eyed Peas
Braised Kale with Black-Eyed Peas

Miso paste, soy sauce, and tomato paste add complexity to this vegan dish. Miso can be found in health food stores or Asian grocery stores, or increase the soy sauce to 2 tablespoons if miso is unavailable.

Get the Braised Kale with Black-Eyed Peas recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

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