What is there to say about kale that hasn’t been said already? It’s incredibly nutritious, and just as delicious when prepared well. But if you’re like me, it’s all too easy to get into a kale rut, relying on a few tried-and-true recipes rather than exploring kale’s vast culinary possibilities.
It’s time to move beyond the usual green smoothies and massaged kale salads. To expand your own dark, leafy green horizons, check out these inventive, mouth-watering recipes that celebrate kale in a whole new way.
Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
Parmesan and raclette cheeses pair perfectly with the slightly sweet caramelized onion and crispy kale in Cooking Light‘s gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Get the recipe.
Turkey Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Mayonnaise and Kale Slaw
Sprinkling a little kale slaw on Marin Mama Cooks’ turkey burger adds a nice boost of fiber and other essential nutrients, not to mention a delightfully crunchy contrast to the burger and creamy mayo. Get the recipe.
Eggs in a Wintry Tomato and Kale Sauce
Food 52’s eggs poached in a kale-rich tomato sauce would make a deliciously savory alternative to your usual morning oatmeal, or make it at night for a filling breakfast-for-dinner (brinner?). Get the recipe.
Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions
This unique pizza recipe featured on the blog Oh My Veggies tops a sauce made from sweet potatoes with shredded kale, Fontina cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs and spices. Get the recipe.
Kale, Apple, and Pancetta Salad
Once Upon a Chef’s kale salad is so vibrant and gorgeous, you almost don’t want to disturb the work of art by eating it. But then you’d miss out on the salty pancetta, tart apples, and toasted pecans found in every bite. Get the recipe.
Spaghetti Squash with Garlicky Kale Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Kale’s chewy, fibrous consistency isn’t for everyone, which is another reason why this kale pesto recipe from Oh My Veggies is pure, nutritio genius. Get the recipe.
West African Peanut Soup
Trust me when I tell you that kale and peanut sauce go really, really, ridiculously well together. Try the winning combo in Dinner With Julie’s rich vegan soup spiked with spicy Sriracha and fresh garlic. Get the recipe.
Quinoa Kale Patties
Top these patties with avocado to create the Holy Trinity of healthy eating: avocado, kale, and quinoa. A little lime juice and fresh cilantro would be tasty as well. Get the recipe.
Kale and Chicken Egg Rolls with Ginger Soy Dip
Whether you’re cooking for one or impressing dinner guests, these egg rolls created by Just A Taste make for a delicious appetizer. Get the recipe.
Vegan Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas
No cheese needed (or missed) in these high-fiber, superfood-packed vegan enchiladas. Don’t forget lime wedges, cilantro, and sliced avocado on the side! Get the recipe.
Lentil Chickpea Coconut Curry
This curry recipe from Hungry Hannah elevates chana masala (chickpea curry) to a whole new level with an extra dose of protein from the lentils and a dose of dark, leafy green goodness from the kale. Get the recipe.