20+ BEST Kale Recipes: Easy, Healthy & Delicious

Are you a kale fan? Here are 20+ super flavorful kale recipes to try out. From pasta recipes, to salads, and more. They’re all SO delicious (and healthy too)!

Kale is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be eaten raw, baked until crispy, turned into a sauce, or added to soups.

Some of the most popular kale recipes on my blog include this Kale Caesar Salad and this Kale Pesto. But there are so many great options!

Keep reading to discover some new favorite recipes featuring kale…

The BEST Kale Dishes

Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
Kale Caesar Salad
Roasted feta tossed with farro, sweet potatoes and kale in white bowl.
Feta becomes deliciously creamy & melty when you roast it. And, it’s especially delicious when you add in a bit of pure maple syrup, and toss it with roasted sweet potatoes, farro and kale.
Roasted Feta with Kale
KALE PESTO IN SMALL BOWL
This Kale Pesto is totally vegan, easy, and delicious! Made with fresh greens, walnuts, and Italian seasonings, you’ll want to add it to all of your favorite meals.
Kale Pesto
Avocado & Kale Savory Oat Bowls
Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. Hearty oatmeal is topped with avocado, garlicky kale, hummus and aleppo pepper for a protein-packed breakfast.
Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal
Tortellini lasagna in skillet with serving spoon.
This 20-Minute Tortellini Lasagna with Sausage & Kale makes it easy to have a delicious and nutritious Italian dinner on the table in a hurry, even on a weeknight.
Tortellini Lasagna with Sausage & Kale
Bowl of goat cheese pasta tossed with kale pesto and topped with dollops of goat cheese.
Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta will be on your table in 20 minutes! Swirled with a dreamy, lemony-kale pesto. It’s basically heaven in a bowl. 
Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Kale
Overhead close up of hands holding bowl of lentil soup.
This hearty Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale will warm you up and keep you wanting more!
Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale
Italian wedding soup in small grey bowl with parmesan.
This Italian Wedding Soup marries delicious Italian flavors together in one pot! Made with homemade meatballs, vegetables, kale, and pasta, this classic soup is easy to make in less than an hour on the stove top.
Italian Wedding Soup
Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing: So much happening for a simple-to-prepare salad…fun to make, exciting to eat!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
A sumptuous, quick, and creamy kale and sausage pasta recipe made with orecchiette for all of your weeknight needs.
Get the RECIPE from Modern Proper
Kale & White Bean Artichoke Dip.
Get the RECIPE from Minimalist Baker
Parmesan Tahini Kale Salad with Breadcrumbs and Crunchy Chickpeas: A simple salad, but one that will leave you craving it weekly!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Winter white slabs of everyone’s favorite vegetable are roasted to tenderness and slathered in a rich, nutty green sauce in this easy recipe for cauliflower steaks with walnut-kale pesto.
Get the RECIPE from The Modern Proper
Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps in 30 minutes!
Get the RECIPE from Minimalist Baker
This super simple Smoky Potato and Kale Soup is the perfect cold-weather dinner…great for nights when you’re craving something warming!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Richly comforting and company-worthy, this luxe one-pot chicken recipe comes together fast and never fails to impress even the toughest crowd.
Get the RECIPE from The Modern Proper
Herby Kale Pesto Pasta with Buttery Walnuts…a simple vibrant take on pesto pasta that’s ready in 30 minutes. Bonus…the leftovers are great the next day!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
You know kale salad is good for you, but did you know it can be truly delicious, too? Say hello to our tropical kale salad recipe! Finished with a creamy coconut curry dressing, it’s irresistible.
Get the RECIPE from The Modern Proper
Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) with Kale and Herbs Sauce…very similar to pizza, but shaped differently, and with the addition of eggs – so delicious!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
One-Pot Braised Chicken with Kale and White Beans.
Get the RECIPE from The Modern Proper.

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these kale recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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20+ BEST Kale Dishes

Here are 20+ super flavorful kale recipes to try out. From pasta recipes, to salads, and more. They’re all SO delicious (and healthy too)! This Kale Pesto is totally vegan, easy, and delicious! Made with fresh greens, walnuts, and Italian seasonings, you’ll want to add it to all of your favorite meals.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups torn kale (stems removed (about 1 large bunch))
  • 1 cup basil leaves (tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)

For Serving:

  • Cooked Pasta
  • If Serving with Pasta:
  • 1 pound 16 ounces pasta
  • 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid

Instructions

  • If Serving With Pasta: Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking liquid before straining.
  • Meanwhile, pulse the kale, basil, olive oil, walnuts, garlic, lemon zest & juice and salt in a food processor until smooth.
  • Return pasta to the pot and add pesto. Toss to coat, adding pasta cooking liquid as needed to thin the sauce.

Notes

Nutritional information is for pesto only. It does not include calorie count for pasta. 
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Equipment

Food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2135IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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