It’s hard to believe that not long ago, kale was better known as a cheap restaurant garnish than as the beloved superfood it’s widely regarded as today. It’s not surprising that attitudes have changed: kale is filled with antioxidants and plenty of Vitamins A, C and K, it’s easy on the wallet and can be used in any number of delicious dishes—like these 34 best bare recipes.
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What to Do With Kale Recipes
Not sure what to do with kale? You can include these good-for-you leafy greens in everything from kale smoothies and salads, to kale soup, sautéed baby kale and more dishes with kale leaves:
- egg scrambles with kale
- bare pizza
- bare pasta
- bare chips
- bare cocktails
- bare-based citizens
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How to Cook Kale
Since kale tends to be tougher than most other greens, it’s smart to “massage” the leaves with dressing or olive oil and let them sit for a bit to soften. Also, be sure to discard the inner stem and use only the leaves.
If you’re cooking kale, you can sauté it with a little olive oil and garlic until it’s nice and wilted—almost like you would make sautéed spinach.
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You’re certain to find a few new recipes that will convert you into a serious kale devotee once you start scrolling—and cooking with kale!
Best Kale Recipes
Veggie Stuffed Shells in Kale Pesto White Cheddar Sauce
these Veggie Stuffed Shells are overflowing with asparagus and peas in a Kale Pesto White Cheddar Sauciness. Get the recipe here.
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Warm Kale Salad
Vitamin C-rich kale and beta carotene-packed butternut squash star in this winter salad, while bits of bacon add smoky flavor without driving up fat and calories. Get the recipe here.
Italian-Style Polenta Soup with Kale
This Italian-style Polenta Soup With Kale and Parmesan, adapted from Milk Street: Cookish by Christopher Kimball, serves up creamy, hearty comfort in less than 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
Baked Wild Rice with Kale, Caramelized Onions and Soft-Cooked Eggs
Gratins get a bad rap—but they’re actually the ultimate weeknight casserole. This one is made with a wild rice blend, onions cooked until they’re sweet, ribbons of kale, and grated cheese. Get the recipe here.
Kale and Apple Parmesan Salad
This salad from PARADE Chef Jon Ashton makes it easy to eat your greens. Get the recipe here.
White Bean and Kale Quesadillas
Creamy beans, gooey cheese and earthy kale are folded into a griddled tortilla for a filling treat. Get the recipe here.
Rachael Ray’s Bald Pesto
Who says pesto is just for basil in the summer? Made with kale, this this version, from celebrity chef Rachael Ray, is perfect for hearty fall meals. Get the recipe here.
his Carrot-Kale Salad is a quick and easy salad recipe that makes a healthy side for lunch or dinner. Get the recipe here.
Blue Cheese and Crispy Fried Onion Burgers
Add a few kale leaves to your burgers to up the health ante just a smidge. Get the recipe here.
Chopped Thai Salad with Coconut-Curry Dressing
This Chopped Thai Salad is healthy and tastes amazing! You’ll love the dressing and will want to use it on everything. Get the recipe here.
Quick peach avocado toast
Avocado Toast is all the rage and adding kale and peaches is delicious brilliance! Get the recipe here.
This Creamed Kale would make a terrific holiday side but looks so good we recommend trying it tonight! Get the recipe here.
Chopped Salad with Cumin Shrimp and Cilantro-Lime Dressing
Using kale in place of traditional lettuce is an easy way to sneak into your dark greens. This chopped salad has loads of healthy veggies, too! Get the recipe here.
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Baked Breakfast Greens
Start your morning off the right way with these delicious Baked Breakfast Greens from Vodka & Biscuits! Get the recipe here.
Party-Sized Kale, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Get your party on with this fun dip that is sure to please your crowd! Get the recipe here.
Breakfast Casserole with Bacon, Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Kale
Serve a crowd with this flavorful breakfast casserole! Get the recipe here.
Korean Bulgogi BBQ Beef Tacos
These Korean Tacos are topped with a flavorful kale slaw. Get the recipe here.
Eggplant, Kale and Ricotta Cannelloni
Kale is fantastic in Italian dishes and this one is no exception. Get the recipe here.
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Mean Green Kale Margaritas
Drink your healthy dark greens with friends and margaritas! Get this fun recipe here.
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Pesto and Kale Tabbouleh
You’ll never find a prettier way to eat your greens! Get the recipe here.
Italian Sausage Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Kale and Jalapeńos
Have your pizza and your kale, too! Get this delicious recipe here.
Kale and Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip
Once you try this low-fat, healthy dip, you’ll be taking it everywhere! Get the recipe here.
Slip some greens in with your guacamole for added health and flavor! Get the recipe here.
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Garlic & Parmesan Kale Chips
If you’re still not sure about this “kale craze”, think about starting with this simple snack. Get the recipe here.
Mediterranean Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This cheesy, veggie-filled sandwich is comfort food at its finest! Get the recipe here.
Savory Oatmeal with Garlicky Greens and Bacon
Get your bacon fix and a serving of heart-healthy kale at the same time with this savory oatmeal recipe! Get the recipe here.
Sweet Potato, Roasted Chickpeas, Kale and Bacon Bowl
Roasted Chickpeas add a wonderfully crunchy texture to this hearty bowl of yum! Get the recipe here.
Mushroom and Kale Enchiladas
Get your Mexican food fix AND eat healthy with these flavorful enchiladas from Grab a Plate!
Rich and Creamy Zuppa Toscana
This is most certainly a meal-in-a-bowl! It’s also further proof that kale and bacon are well-matched. Get the recipe here.
Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale + Fontina Pizza
Here’s another pizza for you! You can find this terrific recipe here.
Kale and Wild Rice Casserole
Pin this one to save for a healthy holiday side dish! Get the recipe here.
Simple Caramelized Butternut Squash and Kale Florentine Lasagna
Fall is almost here and this rustic lasagna is perfect! Get the recipe here.
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Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale
Everyone will begging to come to dinner at your house if you serve this gorgeous, tasty dish! Get the recipe here.
Spicy Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup
The Candid Appetite uses chicken sausage in his indulgent yet healthy soup. Get his recipe here.