11 Healthy Kale Recipes

Are you crazy for kale? Then add these 11 healthy kale recipes to your repertoire.


Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

This hearty winter green is expected to gain popularity in 2013. Get ahead of the trend and start cooking these outstanding kale recipes now.

Nutrition Lowdown

One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber. It has more than twice the recommended daily dose of vitamin A and almost seven times the vitamin K. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a good source of copper.

This green leafy is also a member of the cruciferous veggie (AKA cabbage) family, which has been shown to help protect against various types of cancer.


Start your morning off with an antioxidant and calcium kick in Guy’s green smoothie recipe.


Pears and fresh kale make for the perfect starter to any meal.

Caesar’s Style

Kale Caesar (get it?) in Food Network Kitchen’s spin on the traditional salad.

Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad (above)

Try a new twist on spinach-artichoke dip: swap in frozen, chopped kale instead.


Instead of French fries, serves sandwiches and burgers with kale chips on the side.


Braise kale with almonds, onions, and garlic and a touch of butter.


There are so many ways to cook up this gorgeous green. Sauté in a touch of olive oil for a deliciously healthy side.

Recipe: Sautéed Kale
With Green Beans

Need a kicked-up side dish? Giada’s got it covered with this combo of kale and green beans topped with red pepper flakes and Parmesan.

With Mushrooms

Rachel’s spin on kale has chunks of Portobello mushroom.

In a Sandwich

Top whole grain bread with hummus, cooked kale, cilantro, and lemons for a creative lunch your co-workers will be ogling over.


This colorful kale slaw made with kale, carrots, and red onions is perfect for even the youngest eaters.

Recipe: Kale Slaw
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