15 Kale Recipes to Make you Love Leafy Greens

Here are 15 kale recipes to make you too fall in love with leafy greens!

Kale is definitely my favorite vegetable, with good reason. This leafy green is a member of the Brassica family, which also includes mustard greens, turnips, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and even wasabi! This family is known for its wonderfully broad nutritional profile– it’s quite literally one of the best things you can put into your body.

Kale is a great source of iron, fiber, calcium, micronutrients, high in carotenoids and other anti-oxidants, and is well-known for its powerful healing properties due to its high sulfur content. Not only that, it tastes great raw, cooked, blended, or juiced. In her lovely garden + food book, Vegetable Literacy, Deborah Madison notes in her specifically eloquent way, “as with other challenging cruciferous plants, [kale] is one of the vegetables we should enjoy eating.” Here are 15 kale recipes to encourage you to enjoy this fabulous green.

One Food, Ten Ways: Our Best Kale Recipes
From top right: Super Greens rolls, Red Curry Noodle Stew, Kale Salad w/ Roasted Veg, Soup with Greens garnish, Wakame soup, Kale & Apple Salad, Green Slaw, Lentil Wraps with Greens, Kelp Noodle & Kale Salad.

The favorite green in my kitchen is dark, elegant lacinato kale, but any variety will work with all the kale recipes here. Be sure to choose leaves that are vibrantly green, slightly squeaky (see my kale salad video to see what this sounds like!), and free of the little bugs that sometimes hide themselves in the leaves: kale leaves are often home to aphids and the spiders that eat them, and there also might be some soil on the leaves.

To keep your kale super fresh, once home from the market or store, place your bunch of kale upright in a glass of water (like you would for cut flowers). This helps the leaves spring back to life and ensure longevity in the refrigerator; sometimes the kale needs just an hour, sometimes longer. If it’s very hot outside, be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t wilt! Then rinse the leaves in cool water, and store in a container or bag in your fridge. If it’s from a healthy plant, the kale will continue to plump up, and will likely remain fresh for about a week with this extra step.

Enjoy the green goodness, friends!

1. Kelp Noodle & Kale Salad

kelp noodle salad
kelp noodle and kale salad

2. Super Greens rolls

3. Red Curry Noodle Stew

vegetable curry noodles

4. Kale Salad w/ Roasted Vegetables

best kale salad

5. Kale Chips

6. Wakame soup

7. Kale & Apple Salad

8. Lentil Wraps with Greens

vegan lentil wraps

9. Coconut Miso Chickpeas with Kale

10. Green Smoothies, courtesy of Becky from Glue and Glitter

11. Polenta Pizza with Kale Pesto

12. Sweet Potato and Kale Enchiladas

vegan enchiladas

13. How to Make Green Juice

14. Vegan Chicken Caesar Salad with Kale 

Vegan Chicken Caesar Salad with Cashew Dressing _1

15. Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

healthy quinoa pilaf


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A vegan chef, cookbook author, wellness educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in Honolulu, Andrea is also the Sales Manager for CleanTechnica. Follow my delicious adventures on Instagram

2 Comments

  1. That red curry noodle stew sounds great for a rainy day! Nice collection of recipes for folks new to kale… like me :)

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