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Some of Our Favorite Ways to Use Kale

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Kale is added to recipes for good reason. Much like its well-loved cousin, spinach, kale is a very healthy leafy green. However, kale is best enjoyed when prepared correctly and when used in the right kinds of recipes. Here are some of our favorite recipes using kale.

Favorite Kale Recipes

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Feta, and Walnuts

This is our favorite kale salad! The nearby General Store in Harrisville, New Hampshire, lures in locals and tourists alike with its made-from-scratch food, much of it locally sourced. Their take on kale salad is delicious and very popular. “The key is to slice the kale very thinly to distribute the flavor evenly,” advises store manager Laura Carden.

Harrisville Kale Salad. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
Harrisville Kale Salad. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Kale Sausage and White Bean Soup 

Meat, legumes, and a leafy green—what more could you ask for in a soup? To add even more color and sweetness, substitute diced winter squash for the potato and double the herbs. Whether you use potato or squash, add cooked pasta at the end and you’ve got minestrone! 

Kale Sausage and White Bean Soup
Kale Sausage and White Bean Soup. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Kale Pesto

Try this delicious kale pesto, which works great as an appetizer with chips or as a dressing in pasta. 

Potato and Kale Soup

We served this Potato and Kale Soup to the Almanac editors, and everyone loved it! The soup is especially welcome in the winter and spring months, when kale is at its peak.

Potato and Kale Soup. Photo by Gaus Alex/ShutterStock.
Potato and Kale Soup. Photo by Gaus Alex/ShutterStock.

Roasted Autumn Vegetables

This dish features kale as its “secret” ingredient. It makes for a fantastic Thanksgiving side dish!

Autumn Roasted Vegetables. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
Roasted Autumn Vegetables. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Hungry for more? Check out our 10 Best Sweet Potato Recipes!

What’s your favorite kale recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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