Easy Kale Recipes

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We’re big Kale fans over here and we love finding creative ways to use this leafy green in our weekly meals. And thanks to the sturdiness of kale, it’s great for meal prepping kale salads or incorporating into a hearty bowl of kale soup. So today we’ve rounded up our favorite easy kale recipes for you to dive into including kale salad recipes, kale soup recipes, kale pasta recipes, and some easy dinner recipes with kale. Don’t forget to bookmark this page for the next time you need to use up that bag of kale hanging out in your refrigerator ;)

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Kale Salad Recipes

1. Crunchy Kale And Chicken Salad

Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad

dressing being poured over kale and chicken salad
This Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad is full of flavor, texture, and a tangy-sweet homemade dressing. It's perfect for your weekly meal prep!
4.96 from 21 votes
$6.19 recipe / $1.55 serving Get the Recipe

We’re starting things off with one of our favorites, Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad! It’s full of juicy chicken breast, almonds, lots of kale and the best homemade honey Dijon dressing!

2. Autumn Kale And Sweet POtato Salad

Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

dressing being poured over the autumn kale and sweet potato salad in a bowl
This fresh and crisp Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad is chock full of fresh produce, but still has all those cozy fall flavors!
4.96 from 23 votes
$6.67 recipe / $1.67 serving Get the Recipe

This Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad has incredible flavor and texture combinations including fresh apple and kale, roasted sweet potatoes, and a maple tahini dressing. So good!

3. Apple Dijon Kale Salad

Apple Dijon Kale Salad

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com
This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.
4.90 from 37 votes
$5.53 recipe / $1.38 serving Get the Recipe

Adding to our list of flavorful salads is our crunchy, Apple Dijon Kale Salad. The crisp apple, walnuts, raisins, and sturdy kale all hold up very well in the fridge – making this salad perfect for meal prep!

4. Autumn Kale And Apple Salad

Autumn Kale and Apple Salad

Close up overhead view of Autumn Kale and Apple Salad, with balsamic vinaigrette and a fork on the side.
All the flavors of fall come together in this Autumn Kale and Apple Salad, with candied walnuts and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
5 from 12 votes
$5.09 recipe / $1.27 serving Get the Recipe

Prepare to be blown away with this insanely delicious Autumn Kale and Apple Salad! It’s made with lots of kale, candied walnuts, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Kale Soup Recipes

5. Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

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Zuppa Toscana is a creamy, filling, and flavorful soup with Italian sausage, potatoes, and kale. Just like The Olive Garden's, but made from scratch!
4.84 from 143 votes
$7.51 recipe / $0.94 serving Get the Recipe

Zuppa Toscana – a creamy, super flavorful, potato soup loaded with Italian sausage, kale, and white beans. It goes perfectly with some homemade garlic bread to soak up all of that goodness!

6. Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew

Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew

This Smoky Potato and Chickpea Stew is a hearty and filling plant-based dish that will keep you full and warm this winter! BudgetBytes.com
This Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew is a hearty and filling plant-based dish that will keep you full and warm this winter!
4.92 from 125 votes
$5.74 recipe / $0.96 serving Get the Recipe

This Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew will soon become one of your favorites! It’s hearty, loaded with veggies, super flavorful and simple to make.

Dinner Recipes With Kale

7. Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms With Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes

Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes

Close up of a bowl of Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes
These Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes are a vegetarian meal that will please any “meat and potatoes” style meal lover. 
4.68 from 62 votes
$7.17 recipe / $1.79 serving Get the Recipe

This Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes dish will make you feel like you’re at a fancy restaurant. Its super flavorful and very satisfying!

8. Sausage Meatballs And Kale Sheet Pan Meal

Sausage Meatball and Kale Sheet Pan Meal

Overhead shot of Sausage Meatball and Kale Sheet Pan Meal in a white bowl.
This hearty Italian Sausage Meatballs and Kale Sheet Pan Meal is chock full of deep, tangy flavors and succulent textures! It's perfect for those days when you don't feel like cooking.
4.10 from 10 votes
$13.85 recipe / $3.46 serving Get the Recipe

I love easy dinner meals and this Sausage Meatball and Kale Sheet Pan Meal is full of deep flavors, cooks quickly, and is super filling!

9. Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, And White Bean Skillet

Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

A plate full of Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet with garlic bread
This quick Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet is a fast, flavorful, and fiber-licious meal that is ready for perfect for weekly meal prepping. 
4.78 from 49 votes
$5.58 recipe / $1.40 serving Get the Recipe

Enjoy this quick & easy Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet with some crusty garlic bread or a fluffy piece of naan. Perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

10. Garlicky Kale And Ricotta PizzA

Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

Garlicky greens and creamy ricotta pair perfectly on this light and fresh Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza. It’s the perfect pizza for summer! BudgetBytes.com
Garlicky greens and creamy ricotta pair perfectly on this light and fresh Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza. It’s the perfect pizza for summer! 
5 from 12 votes
$3.61 recipe / $0.90 serving Get the Recipe

Homemade pizza for the WIN! Try out this simple Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza for dinner tonight :)

Kale Pasta Recipes

11. Big Kale Pasta Salad

BIG Kale Pasta Salad

Overhead view of the serving bowl full of kale pasta salad.
This Big Kale Pasta Salad is the perfect fast and filling summer lunch, packed with flavors, textures, and colors. Great for meal prep!
4.89 from 18 votes
$7.88 recipe / $1.31 serving Get the Recipe

We made sure to hit all the bases with this Big Kale Pasta Salad! It includes lots of veggies, pasta, chickpeas, and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It’s the perfect summer meal salad recipe.

12. Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

When you're in a hurry, this Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta is a filling and flavorful meal. Few ingredients, BIG flavor. BudgetBytes.com
When you’re in a hurry, this Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta is a filling and flavorful meal. Few ingredients, BIG flavor. 
4.82 from 79 votes
$3.37 recipe / $0.84 serving Get the Recipe

If you’re craving pasta for dinner, try this simple, easy, Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta recipe! It only requires a few ingredients and you can easily bulk it up and turn it into a meal by adding a hard-boiled egg or some grilled chicken.

13. Spicy Orecchiette With Chicken Sausage And Kale

Spicy Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Kale

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Spicy Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Kale is a fast, easy, and filling weeknight dinner that will always satisfy. Plus, leftovers reheat beautifully!
4.88 from 25 votes
$7.74 recipe / $1.94 serving Get the Recipe

Spicy Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Kale is a quick & easy dinner meal that comes together in just 20 minutes! And it just so happens to include all of my favorites, Chicken Sausage, Pasta and a Veggie. #winning!

14. Kale Pesto Pasta

Kale Pesto Pasta

Kale makes a great inexpensive and earthy pesto! Dress up this Kale Pesto pasta with add-ins to make it a meal, or keep it simple for the perfect summer side. BudgetBytes.com
Kale makes a great inexpensive and earthy pesto! Dress up this Kale Pesto pasta with add-ins to make it a meal, or keep it simple for the perfect summer side. 
5 from 5 votes
$6.84 recipe / $1.14 serving Get the Recipe

Easily dress up your favorite pasta with this Kale Pesto Pasta recipe! Use kale to make a great budget-friendly pesto, combine it with your preferred pasta, then add in some grilled chicken or other veggies if you want to make it a full meal!

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