The Best Kale Recipes You've Ever Tried

Fast and easy kale recipes for any night of the week
best kale recipe

Maryse Chevriere

best kale recipe

Maryse Chevriere

Whether the idea of kale turns you off or on, there's no denying that it's a powerhouse when it comes to packing in the nutrients and vitamins. We could go on and on about its nearly unparalled level of vitamin K as well as vitamins A and C, but we've already done that.

Instead, we are going to tell you all the different and delicious ways you can enjoy kale. We promise even those who think of it as a bitter, boring, and lame health food will be convinced otherwise. Try baking kale with olive oil and chile flakes to have a crispy, crunchy snack in just 20 minutes. Play around with the seasonings as one of our editors did by topping it with a little truffle oil. 

Or, do like the Tuscans do, and mix in lacinato (aka dinosaur or Tuscan kale) into ribollita or other soup. If you really want to push the health factor, chop the kale into ribbons for a raw salad, making sure you allow the acid in the dressing to work its way into the kale, softening and tenderizing it. This can be accomplished by letting it soak in the dressing, or crumpling the leaves by hand before  dressing them. 

Still not convinced? Then check out the other recipes we have below and let us know whether we made a believer out of you or not.


Kale and White Bean Soup 

I have a newfound love for kale. These days, I'm baking it into chips, adding it to pasta dishes... 

— Carly Goldsmith





Rigatoni with Tuscan Kale, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, and Sausage

OK, I'll admit it, I was inspired to make this because black trumpet mushrooms were on sale. But, you can definitely make this with whatever mushrooms you have on hand... 

— Will Budiaman




Harvest Kale Salad with Honey-Miso Dressing

I love dark winter greens, kale in particular. It's fabulous in hearty vegetarian stews... 

— Allison Beck





Basic Kale Chips

There couldn't be a simpler, tastier snack than kale chips... 

— Terri Ciccone





Raw Kale and Spinach Salad

This superfood salad is packed with nutrients and vitamins (and is absolutely addicting)...

— Yasmin Fahr





Kale Tomato Soup with Chickpeas and Cumin

Kale is a polarizing green. For some, it denotes healthy lifestyles and, for others, it screams diet food... 

— Ali Rosen





Crispy Truffled Kale Chips

Kale is one of my all-time favorite greens...

— Molly Aronica





Risotto Verde

Many doctors say that it's important to get your fix of dark, leafy greens as much as possible...

— Francesca Borgognone





Kale-Wrapped Flounder with Lemon, Fennel, and Oregano

Riffing off the idea of steaming fish in banana leaves and baking fish in aluminum foil packets, using hard kale leaves as a wrapper...

— Valaer Murray





Kale and Pancetta Risotto

If you're just coming around to liking kale, as I am, this is a wonderful recipe to try... 

— Maryse Chevriere





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