It's a vegetable that I don't think I had ever tried until last year, when I was introduced to it via a cookbook all about kale (Let Them Eat Kale! by the absolutely lovely Julia from The Roasted Root). Since then, it's quickly shot up to a pretty prominent position on my 'favourite vegetables' list (which is a list that I've never actually made, by the way, in case you think I spend my Friday nights writing lists of vegetables).
Kale is one of those ingredients that has become pretty trendy over the last couple of years, for no apparent reason (along with quinoa, chia seeds, cauliflower...). I suppose the main reason is that it's delicious and seriously good for you (it's a so-called superfood!), but it's presumably been delicious forever, so I'm not sure what has caused the sudden kale lovefest. But I'm not complaining. Kale for everyone!
If you've never had kale, it's your typical leafy green, but it's much sturdier than, say, spinach. It keeps its shape when you cook it, and sometimes even goes a little bit crispy around the edges, which is amaaazing. If you want to serve it simply, try sautéing it in a little butter or oil, with some garlic and plenty of salt and pepper. Or if you want to try something a bit more complex, perhaps you'll find some inspiration below!
So here are 33 of my favourite super tasty vegetarian kale recipes (some are my own, some are from some other amazing food bloggers). Enjoy!
Croatian soparnik (kale pie) (pictured above) [vegan]
Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake
Turnip pesto pasta with artichoke hearts and kale from The Roasted Root [vegan]
Kale and mushroom quiche from Garlic and Zest
Kale, spinach and feta pie from The Healthy Chef
Kale salad with pomegranate, orange and pine nuts from Rachel Cooks [vegan]
Creamy kale, egg and wild garlic toast bake from Food To Glow
Kale and feta breakfast casserole from Kalyn's Kitchen
Kale pizza crust from Perry's Plate
Wild rice and kale salad with smoky sweet potatoes (pictured above) [vegan]
Baked kale crisps from Recipes From A Pantry [vegan]
Kale and cheddar bubble and squeak from Tinned Tomatoes
Crispy baked kale phyllo triangles from An Edible Mosaic
Creamed kale with chickpeas (pictured above)
Kale and apple cake with apple icing from Veggie Desserts
Chocolate and hazelnut green smoothie from Fuss Free Flavours [vegan]
Nacho cheese kale chips from The Roasted Root [vegan]
Southwestern kale power salad from Cookie and Kate [vegan]
Kale and potato breakfast hash (pictured above)
Garlicky kale sauce from Coffee and Vanilla
Kale breakfast cookies from Food Faith Fitness [vegan]
Green chickpea salad from Stone Soup
Kale stuffed shells from Baked Bree
Kale and avocado burritos (pictured above) [vegan]
World's best vegetarian lasagne from Green Kitchen Stories
Kale caesar salad from Wake The Wolves [vegan]
Butternut squash, kale and quinoa stew from Love and Lemons [vegan]
Tofu, kale and shiitake mushroom ramen noodle soup from The Little Kitchen