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14 Unbeatable Kale Recipes

Kale Salad with Pine Nuts, Currants, and Parmesan
Another dish that comes up regularly when I ask people for their favorite kale recipe is a raw kale salad. Although kale is a very robust green, if you slice it thin and “marinate” or “massage” it with vinegar or lemon juice, it softens up beautifully. I like the pairing of salty cheese, crunchy, rich pine nuts and sweet currants in this version.

Photo by Jamie Chung, courtesy of Bon Appetit

Kale and Mushrooms with Creamy Polenta
This is basically the ultimate in sophisticated comfort food! You could make this without the chicken stock and pancetta with good results (the mushrooms will provide some meatiness) if those are not foods you eat, too.

Photo by Tina Rupp, courtesy of Bon Appetit

Kale, Corn and Leek Fritters
I first tried kale and corn fritters at Sunfrost Farms here in Woodstock – they’re delicious and a great way to make use of two bountiful late summer crops at once, too.

Photo by Vanessa at Just The Tip blog

One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf
I learned about this wonderfully satisfying recipe from the Food52 cookbook earlier this year – it was one of their winning recipes and it’s easy to see why. The kale and quinoa are both a tiny bit crunchy and the flavors of Meyer lemon, pine nuts, walnut oil and goat cheese give it a wonderful depth.

Photo by Sarah Schatz, courtesy of Food 52

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Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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8:39PM PST on Mar 7, 2014

Quite a variety of flavourful and delicious recipes in this article.

9:27AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

They all sound delicious. Can't wait to try them. Thanks.

4:22AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

For refreshment

6:18AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks for the great recipes and comments...

11:56AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I LOVE kale!

12:06PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

I needed some new inspiration beside just garlic- thanks! :-)

2:58PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks for the ideas- but I did not see any recipes just recommendations on what to do with Kale. It is a great green & I have even put small amounts in my vegan protein smoothies to get the extra protein & also other benefits. Love it raw too.

4:28PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


11:17PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012


5:30AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

thank you. all hail kale! (sorry)

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