From homemade crackers to salads, soups and smoothies here are 10 easy and delicious vegetarian kale recipes so you can eat more greens.
While the kale craze may have ended, it still remains one of my favorite leafy greens to cook with to this day. Hearty, healthy, readily available all year long it’s a super versatile and easy addition to all kinds of meals. It keeps well in the refrigerator, doesn’t wilt easily like salad greens when dressed and holds its shape better than spinach when cooked. And sure it’s good for you, but it also happens to be delicious.
So with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of kale recipes that will have you loading your cart up with the infamous leafy green on your next trip to the grocery store. From homemade crackers to salads, soups and smoothies here are 10 ways to eat more kale.
1. Kale Crackers
Because these flourless crackers are made with a mixture of kale and seeds instead of flour they’re more nutrient dense than most crackers. They also happen to be one the easiest crackers you can make at home.
2. Vegan Creamed Kale
Turn your favorite leafy green into a delicious vegan creamed kale gratin by baking it in the oven with a creamy cashew sauce and gluten-free crumb topping.
3. Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Kale
Piled high with roasted broccoli and kale and drizzled with a creamy green sauce, these vegan stuffed sweet potatoes make for a satisfying meatless main.
4. Kale Pesto Kelp Noodles
Looking to add a bit more green to your diet? Kale is the secret to these pesto kelp noodles.
5. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Kale
Zucchini noodles are tossed with ribbons of kale, sun-dried tomatoes and a pesto dressing for a simple but sturdy salad packed with lots of flavor.
6. Egg Drop Soup with Kale
Brothy eggs soups like Italian Stracciatella are an age old comfort; this one features ribbons of silky kale.
7. Kale Lentil Salad
Kale’s sturdy leaves are a natural match for a hearty lentil salad that’s filled with roasted carrots, dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
8. Root Vegetable Kale Salad
This kale salad features a base of shredded kale topped with roasted root vegetables and a creamy turmeric dressing.
9. Kale Asian Chopped Salad
This Asian inspired salad features ribbons of kale, cabbage and carrots tossed in a maple-sesame dressing.
10. Pineapple Kale Smoothie
Healthy and refreshing this green smoothie is filled with kale paired with sweet pineapple and a squeeze of lemon juice for tartness.
Swiss Chard Tart
This quiche-like tart can easily be made with kale instead of chard.
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.
This is a great way to get your greens. Our CSA gives us so many--I suspect I'll be using your technique for more than just kale. Thanks!
awesome idea! I just started eating kale after a similar experience to yours. I am going to try out this technique!!!!
[email protected] Peasy Organic says
What a GREAT idea!!
Jeanne @ CookSister! says
I adore kale and eat it as often as I can - but have never thought to make kale chips, much less kale powder! Totally intrigued - thanks for the idea.
What an awesome idea! I can't wait to try this over EVERYTHING and what a great way to get some into my 4-year-old's meal.
Seriously, Sylvie, how do you make something as simple as a kale bunch look this photogenic?!
Nancy @SensitivePantry says
Sylvie - Like you I have been recently introduced to kale. Love it in the form of chips, in soups, sauteed or in green smoothies! So good for you.
Jen @ keepitsimplefoods says
Love this! I hear it's great on popcorn!
Sylvie you are a genius mam!! I love this idea I can't wait to try it -- beautiful photos as always, my eyes have missed you 🙂 Good to be back to this lovely post!
I've also started noticing kale. I'm sure it was always there in my local markets, but I never gave it much thought. Thank you for introducing interesting tidbits about it.
I like what you've done here with this kale powder...how ingenious and a healthy and smart way to use it!