Bursting with nutrients, kale makes a tasty addition to soups, casseroles, or even simply sautéed as a side dish.
There's a reason why sweet, earthy kale is the most popular of the greens these days: it's delicious, versatile, and incredibly
nutritious. Kale contains beta-carotene and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin—which are associated with eye health—as
well as potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, and calcium. Plus, you get 2 grams of protein in a serving. Consider
using kale as a stand-in for spinach in dishes, or try out some of these recipes.
First up: Braised Kale with Bacon and Cider is a suitable side for roast chicken or pork, plus each serving contains about 15 percent of the minimum daily recommended amount of fiber.
View Recipe: Braised Kale with Bacon and Cider
Kale comes together with ingredients you probably already have on hand—bacon, canned chickpeas, onion, carrot, Greek yogurt—for
a budget-friendly dish full of smoky, earthy flavor. Serve with torn baguette bread to soak up all the tasty juices.
View Recipe: Garbanzo Beans and Greens
Spinach, kale, feta cheese, and a dash of nutmeg makes for a tasty turnover filling. Serve as a side dish with steak or roast
chicken, or enjoy two turnovers with tomato soup as a meatless supper. Make-ahead tip: Prepare the turnovers in advance, and freeze them for up to two months.
View Recipe: Spinach and Kale Turnovers
Try a rustic pasta dish featuring sun-dried tomatoes, turkey Italian sausage, and fresh kale and dinner is ready in just 35
View Recipe: Farfalle with Sausage, Cannellini Beans, and Kale
Chock-full of vegetables, this one-pot ragout—a thick, well-seasoned stew—warms up a chilly winter evening. This hearty meal
comes together in just 35 minutes thanks to convenience items such as canned beans and diced tomatoes.
View Recipe: White Bean and Sausage Ragout with Tomatoes, Kale, and Zucchini
Broth, thickened with flour and enriched with crème fraîche, forms the savory sauce in this dish. We like the addition of
earthy, hearty kale which helps balance the sweetness from the squash.
View Recipe: Bacon and Butternut Pasta
Braised with kale, garlic, and fire-roasted tomatoes, bone-in chicken thighs come out of the oven tender and superbly moist.
View Recipe: Braised Chicken with Kale
This meatless pasta dishes calls for black kale—also called cavolo nero—which is dark green and becomes very tender when cooked. If black kale is unavailable, feel free to use regular kale. Lightly
browning the parsnip helps its natural sugars emerge, lending rich, caramelized flavor to the dish.
View Recipe: Pasta with Black Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Parsnips
Be sure to use smoked Spanish chorizo, not raw Mexican chorizo when preparing this 20-minute soup. This is the perfect dinner
option for a cold winter's night.
View Recipe: White Bean Soup with Kale and Chorizo
Get inspiration from the Portuguese and combine sausage, kale, and clams in one flavorful dish. Serve over fideos, a dish of thin noodles broken into small pieces, browned in the pan, and then simmered in broth until tender.
View Recipe: Sausage and Clams with Chickpeas
Orecchiette (little ears pasta) is a classic shape that's ideal for this chunky sauce. You can also substitute short pasta
shapes like penne or rigatoni. If you can find mild-tasting cavolo nero (black kale), try it here.
View Recipe: Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Pureeing a portion of cannellini beans lends a creamy quality to this vegetarian soup featuring fresh kale and a variety of
veggies. Serve with Cheese-Tomato Toasts: Broil 4 (1-ounce) slices ciabatta bread for 1 minute. Turn bread over; top each slice with 2 thin plum tomato slices and
1 tablespoon shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
View Recipe: Two-Bean Soup with Kale
Brimming with fresh vegetables, this hearty minestrone also features creamy, heirloom borlotti beans—the Italian variety of
View Recipe: Borlotti Minestrone
Kale is perfectly paired with Cajun-seasoned steak and potato frites—all for under 400 calories per serving.
View Recipe: Cajun Steak Frites with Kale
Roasting kale is amazing—the leaves turn from a dusty dark green to dark emerald with brown-tinged curly edges that crunch.
This vegetable side is delicious served hot from the oven; the leaves lose their crisp texture as the dish stands.
View Recipe: Garlic-Roasted Kale
Lacinato kale is also called Tuscan, dinosaur, or black kale. You can also use regular curly kale.
View Recipe: Wilted Kale with Bacon and Vinegar
This sweet and nutty dish is ready to go in just 10 minutes.
View Recipe: Wilted Kale with Coconut, Ginger, and Lime
Personalize this versatile dish by using pecans instead of the walnuts, or couscous in place of the farro.
View Recipe: Wilted Kale with Farro and Walnuts
Make sure to stir the shallots frequently for even cooking.
View Recipe: Wilted Kale with Golden Shallots
If your supermarket carries frozen or shelf-stable precooked wheat berries, you'll save 50 minutes; use 1 cup of cooked grains.
View Recipe: Wheat Berry, Kale, and Cranberry Salad
In our play on Italian wedding soup, cooked quinoa serves as a nutty, whole-grain binder for the meatballs. We like the tenderness
of lacinato kale in this soup, but you easily can substitute other varieties.
View Recipe: Turkey Meatball Soup with Greens
Let veggies in on the grilled cheese action with this gooey sandwich recipe.
View Recipe: Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
Make-ahead prep tip: Double the pesto portion of the recipe, and freeze half for a future pita pizza dinner.
View Photo: Pita Pizzas with Kale Pesto, Tomatoes, and Bacon