52 Ways to Eat Kale

February 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

When the kale craze began gaining momentum a few years ago, I was thrilled. It’s one of my favorite ingredients and I eat it almost every single day. But like all good things, kale has become so old hat that many people I meet these days seem to be asking the same question: got any good ideas for using kale? I’m sick of green smoothies.

For those of you fighting kale fatigue, this post has your name all over it! I offer you 50 different ways to eat one of the world’s most nutritious vegetables. Try one recipe a week and you’ll be set for a year.

For the smoothie lover…


Peaches n’ Green Smoothie from Choosing Raw

Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie from The Daily Dietribe

Brilliantly Beet Smoothie from The Balanced Platter

Apple Pie Smoothie from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs

Green Smoothie from Lexie’s Kitchen

Vitamin C Plus Green Smoothie from She Let Them Eat Cake

Apple Ginger Kale Juice from Whole Family Fare

Sweet & Green Juice from Healthful Pursuit


Grains & Beans


Quinoa with Spring Vegetables & Walnut-Kale Pesto from Gluten-Free Girl

Chickpeas with Delicata Squash, Kale, & Coconut Milk from Healthy Green Kitchen

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Kale from Two Peas & Their Pod

Pan-Fried Corona Beans & Kale from 101 Cookbooks

Quinoa, Sweet Potato, & Kale Cakes from YumUniverse

Kale & Porcini Rice Pilaf from Daily Bites

Roasted Squash & White Bean Skillet from Daily Bites

Kale Salad with Quinoa, Tangerines, & Roasted Almonds from Gluten-Free Goddess

Slow Cooked Hoppin’ John from A Year of Slow Cooking

Salads & Vegetable Sides


Endive, Kale, & Smoked Salmon Salad from Healthy Green Kitchen

Dairy-Free Creamed Kale from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Cucumber Dill Kale Salad from Healthful Pursuit

Sauteed Kale with Tahini Sauce from Simply Recipes

Kale with Seaweed, Sesame, & Ginger from Simply Recipes

Rainbow Kale Slaw from Go Dairy Free

Raw Kale Grapefruit Salad from Tasty Eats at Home

Chipotle Kale Chips from Naturally Ella

Kale & Carrot Salad with Ginger-Peanut Dressing from Daily Bites

Individual Stacked Salads from The Whole Gang

Red Kale, Pear, & Celeriac Salad from Cannelle et Vanille (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Kale Chips from Whole New Mom

Healthy No-Mayo Slaw from Gluten-Free by Nature


Main Dishes


Creamy Fusilli with Beets, Kale, & Toasted Pine Nuts from Choosing Raw

Chicken with Cherries & Kale from Elana’s Pantry

Kale & Potato Lasagna from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs

Roasted Salmon with Kale, Tahini, & Cranberries from Cara’s Cravings

Gluten-Free, Vegan Spoonbread with Mess O’ Greens from Simply…Gluten-Free

Asparagus Stir-Fry from 101 Cookbooks

Kale & Feta Breakfast Casserole from Kalyn’s Kitchen (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Kale Salad Wraps from Lexie’s Kitchen

Savory Almond Bean Burgers from She Let Them Eat Cake

Easy Chopped Chicken & Vegetable Salad from Daily Bites

Lentil & Kale Dal from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Soft Corn Tacos with Salmon, Greens, & Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Daily Bites

Salmon Cakes with Quinoa & Kale from Celiacs in the House


Soups & Stews


Turkey & Winter Vegetable Chili from Daily Bites

White Bean & Kale Soup from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Mighty Minestrone Soup from The Balanced Platter

Vegan Moroccan White Bean & Kale Soup from Go Dairy Free

Vanilla-Scented Buttercup & Kale Stew from Cara’s Cravings

Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Stew from Tasty Eats at Home

Lentil, Carrot, & Kale Soup from Deliciously Organic

Slow Cooked Tuscan Sausage & Bean Soup from Recipe Girl

Cleansing Winter Vegetable Soup from Phytofoods



  1. Thanks for the mention! What a great roundup!

  2. How totally AWESOME!! And I love it: “kale fatigue”! ;-) What a great post. Can’t wait to try most of these!!

  3. This is perfect for my Kale Project!! I will post it up on my Pinterest board :)

  4. WOW! I know of maybe 5 ways to use kale {it’s a staple in my home}. I cannot wait to try most of these!

  5. I love this so much! What a great idea Hallie. Thanks for sharing my posts, and thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Fantastic! So many new recipes for Kale. Thanks for the inspiration! I will be making a kale dish tonight :)

  7. Brilliant!! I now have a go-to for a collection of recipes using my favorite food on Earth. Thank you!

  8. Hallie thank you so much for this post – I love kale and what a great resource to bookmark and come back to!

  9. What a great collection of ideas! I love kale – just 52 more reasons to eat it this year!

  10. Awesome list! Wow – now I really have plenty of reasons to incorporate kale into my weekly menu. Super!

  11. I absolutely adore this list. I love kale and I am constantly looking for ways to use in more in my cooking! Such a great list. Thank you!

  12. Fantastic idea for all of us kale lovers. Thanks for including me.

  13. And here I was just thinking how bored I am with my own ways of making vegetables! Thanks for the ideas, Hallie!

  14. Good morning Hallie,

    This is – simple put – a wonderful post. Genius. Who needs to infuse some fresh ways of eating kale into their rotation? (raises hand). Loving SO many of the links posted here.

    Thanks so much for the mention too. That was lovely of you.

    from one kale lover to another

  15. Wow, love this wonderful roundup of kale recipes – fantastic!

  16. This is fantastic – lots of recipe links all in one place! Though Kale isn’t a very popular vegetable in the UK, I first ate it years and years ago at a little vegetarian restaurant in York and I loved it. I’ve never been able to recreate the taste I experienced since! I don’t know how they cooked it but it tasted divine!

  17. What a great list, and thanks for including me!

  18. Love all of the different ideas for kale. It’s one of my favorite veggies!

    I wanted to let you know, though, that the “Sauteed Kale with Tahini Sauce” links to a completely different recipe and different website than listed. Oops! ;)

  19. Hannah: Thanks! Fixed now. :)

  20. This has become my new favorite reference! As a vegetarian and raw/whole foods eater/cook, I eat kale nearly every day one way or the other. I am always asked the question…”What can I do with kale to make it more interesting?” I think it’s interesting by itself but…now, I have 52 more ideas to dip into! Thanks!

  21. What a great round-up of ideas! I love my greens. Thank you for more inspiring ways to use them.

  22. Wow! So many awesome recipes! I don’t think I need to go anywhere else to get ideas :)

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