10 Best Everyday Uses for Chopped Kale

Add “Bag of kale” to your grocery list right now. It’s amazing how easy you can add kale into almost meal. We have 10 easy ideas to get you started.

10 Best Everyday Uses for Chopped Kale

Buy a bag of kale and start playing in the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at how versatile this green can be. We have 10 ways to incorporate it into every meal.

1. Use it in salads at work

You can let your kale sit in your dressing for up to a day without it getting soggy. So bring a kale lunch to work. Prep your kale in the morning or the night before (learn how to make fibrous kale tender by massaging it here) and add your toppings. Go to work and by lunchtime your salad will be tender and oh-so healthy. As inspiration, here’s a taco salad with avocado chipotle dressing that uses kale.

2. Throw a handful into your favorite soup

I use this trick to give my son an extra dose of vegetables. There’s absolutely no way my preschooler will eat kale on its own. But if I add a little to chicken noodle soup, he’ll eat it. It’s magic.  I throw it in for maybe 10-15 minutes before the soup’s ready. Boom! I have a healthy (-ish) kid. Here’s a quick and delicious soup that features kale so you can get the idea.

3. Blend it in smoothies

I know, I know everyone knows you can add kale to smoothies. But let this be a friendly little reminder not to forget about your bag of kale. I always do. I’m drinking my berry smoothie when I remember the kale that’s sitting in my refrigerator. Note that we have a really amazing smoothie that features berries, balsamic vinegar and kale coming up soon. You’re going to love it! Visit our kale page daily over here to see our kale posts as they appear.

4. Kale + Noodles = Love

Use kale in pho (my favorite), lo mein and pad Thai. The Asian flavors compliment the kale. Just make sure to slice it in small pieces so that it’ll blend nicely into the rest of the dish. Just throw it in next time you’re stir-frying or making an Asian dish. Two handfuls will wilt down quite a bit and will add such a punch of nutrients to your meal.

5. Make a huge batch of pesto

Make up some pesto using kale. Then enjoy it in a pasta dish, on toast or on crackers. It’s also incredible on raw vegetables.

6. Use it as a pretty bed for fish or chicken

Kale is pretty when you saute it with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Top it with a beautiful piece of grilled salmon or chicken. Dinner is served.

7. Pair it with bacon and cheese

Even my husband eats kale when you add crispy bacon and Parmesan cheese. Go with it on a salad or pasta dish. Stir sauteed kale, bacon and cheese into rice. Really everything is more amazing with bacon and cheese.

8. Eat tacos

As if you need an excuse. Replace iceberg lettuce with kale. Stuff with meat, tomato and avocado.

9. Pair it with quinoa

The super green meets the super grain. The two just work together. Throw in some black beans and you have a great meal.

10. Bring frittatas up a notch

Kale works in all kinds of egg dishes, whether you’re doing omelets, frittatas or even the incredible breakfast stuffed peppers we have coming up for you soon. Scramble your eggs, add finely chopped kale and your other planned-for ingredients, cook the eggs as planned. The kale will wilt a bit in the cooking time and be just right.

Amy Bowen

Amy had no clue how to cook until she became the food reporter for a daily newspaper in Minnesota. At 25, she even struggled with boxed mac and cheese. These days, Amy is a much better cook, thanks to interviewing cooks and chefs for more than 10 years. She even makes four cheese macaroni and cheese with bacon, no boxed mac in sight. Amy is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.