41 Mouthwatering Ways To Cook With Kale

Living in New York City, it’s hard to go one day without hearing the word, “kale” in someway or another. It’s all over the television, food blogs, social networks— even the news— not to mention, it’s practically on every restaurant or take-out menu besides McDonalds. Kale is the “it” vegetable. We get it. But how can you incorporate it into your daily life and really make use of all its nutritional value? Sure, you could throw it into a juice or a smoothie… or you can use it as greens for your salad, but we’ve rounded up our most-favorite recipes to use kale to its fullest potential. 

But before you get cookin’, here’s what you should know about the superfood:

  • Nutritional Value: Low in Saturated Fat & Cholesterol, High in Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Iron, Vitamins A, C, K & B6. Woah.
  • When To Buy It: The colder the weather, the sweeter the kale. It’s in-season from mid-Fall through Spring.
  • How To Store It: Keep it in the coldest part of the fridge in a plastic bag- you don’t want it to wilt or it will turn bitter.

1. Ginger Noodles with Kale & Shiitake, via Love & Lemons

Ginger Noodles

2. Bacon, Kale & Ricotta Sandwich, via Not Without Salt


3. Chicken & Kale Casserole, via Martha Stewart


4. Roasted Beet & Kale Panzanella, via Kitchen Confidante

roasted kale panzanella

5. Kale & Scallion Negimaki, via Food & Wine

kale negimaki

6. Spicy Simmered Eggs with Kale, via Williams-Sonoma


7. Soba Noodles & Ginger Tahini with Crispy Kale, via What’s Cooking Good Looking

soba noodles

8. Simple Kale & Black Bean Burritos, via Cookie + Kate

kale burritos

9. Shredded Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Dressing, via Just a Taste

brussels sprout salad

10. Farrotto Risotto with Tuscan Kale & Mushrooms, via Hortus Natural Cooking

kale risotto

11. Kale & Black Rice Pilaf, via Green Kitchen Stories

kale and black rice pilaf

12. Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich with Kale Pesto Slaw, via Half Baked Harvest

corned beef brisket sandwich

13. Kale Rice Bowl, via 101 Cookbooks

kale rice bowl

14. Lemony Kale Pasta, via Annie Eats

lemon kale pasta

15. Kale, Apple & Ancho Chili Tamales, via Happy Yolks


16. Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta & a Poached Egg, via Food52


17. Asian Steamed Buns with Kale & Bok Choy, via Love & Olive Oil

steamed buns with kale

18. Jalapeno & Lime Kale Tostadas, via Not Without Salt

kale tostada

19. Kale & Artichoke Dip, via Spoon Fork Bacon

kale artichoke dip

20. Kale & Chicken Egg Rolls, via Food & Wine

kale and chicken egg rolls

21. Kale & Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Salata, via Smitten Kitchen

kale and quinoa salad

22. Sweet Potato & Kale Tortilla Soup, via Local Milk

sweet potato and kale tortilla soup

23. Kale & Pumpkin Pesto, via My Darling Lemon Thyme

kale pesto

24. Kale, Apple & Butternut Squash Salad, via Love & Lemons

kale apple butternut salad

25. Green Chorizo Tacos with Kale & Potatoes, via Food & Wine

chorizo tacos

26. Kale with Tomato, Garlic & Thyme, via Martha Stewart

kale garlic pasta

27. Crispy Kale Chips, via Alexandra Cooks

kale chips

28. Kale & Brussels Sprouts Soba Noodles, via Sprouted Kitchen


29. Grilled Kale & Sausage Pizza, via Life’s Ambrosia

grilled kale and sausage pizza

30. Mashed Potato & Kale Cakes, via Martha Stewart

mashed potato kale cakes

31. Fall Tuscan Minestrone with Kale, via Hortus Natural Cooking

tuscan minestrone soup

32. Slow-Cooked Kale, via The Kitchn

slow cooked kale

33. Roasted Beet & Lacinato Kale Salad, via Food For My Family

roasted beet salad

34. Arugula Caprese Salad with Kale Pesto, via Sprouted Kitchen

Kale Pesto Caprese Salad

35. Squash & Kale Toasts, via Food & Wine

squash and kale toasts

36. One Pot Stovetop Kale Mac & Cheese, via White On Rice Couple

stovetop mac & cheese

37. Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon & Rice, via Food52


38. Tomato Poached Eggs with Kale, via Not Without Salt

tomato poached eggs with kale

39. Crispy Kale, Plum & Ricotta Salad, via Love & Olive Oil

kale ricotta plum salad

40. Brown Butter Lobster, Bacon, Crispy Kale & Fontina Pasta, via Half Baked Harvest

lobster kale salad

41. Kale Caesar with Rye Croutons, via Food & Wine

kale caesar