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Kale

This hearty and leafy green is loved both for its hearty texture and many health benefits. I love a raw kale salad as much as anyone, but I also love cooking it very slowly, or stirring it into risotto or pasta. In this collection, you will find all of my favorite kale recipes, include my go-to kale salad, these crispy kale chips, and this freezable stuffing with kale and caramelized onions

A bowl of chopped salad with cashew dressing.

Charred Broccoli Chopped Salad with Spicy Cashew Dressing

An overhead shot of a veggie and tofu curry in a skillet.

Quick Vegetable & Tofu Curry

An overhead shot of a 9x13-inch pan filled with just-baked stuffing.

Freezable Stuffing with Kale and Caramelized Onions

A bowl of raw collard green salad with roasted delicata squash, toasted almonds, golden raisins, and shaved parmesan.

Raw Collard Green Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash, Almonds, & Parmesan

Curried lentils with kale and coconut

Curried Lentils with Kale and Coconut Milk

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe (Tons of Tips 🎉)

16 favorite vegetable side dishes

16 Favorite Vegetable Side Dishes for Fall

CSA Weeks 1 & 2: Essential Recipes for Greens + Radish (or Turnip) Tartines with Anchovy Butter

A bowl of kale salad with shallot vinaigrette.

Favorite Kale Salad + Large Batch Shallot Vinaigrette

A skillet filled with pasta carbonara.

Favorite Weeknight Meal: No-Bacon Pasta Carbonara Loaded with Greens

This roasted eggplant lasagna with sautéed greens uses tomato sauce layered between noodles, roasted eggplant rounds, sautéed Swiss chard, and a mix of parmesan and mozzarella. I've omitted the classic ricotta + egg layer here because I've never loved it, but feel free to add it. This is a recipe that can be tailored to your liking. // alexandracooks.com

Roasted Eggplant and Sautéed Swiss Chard Lasagna

This kale and quinoa salad has a lemony-mustard dressing, dried cranberries that plump with the cooked quinoa, crisp celery, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. It comes together in a snap and has been a welcomed addition to the summer salad rotation. It also keeps well in the fridge for days, making it perfect for lunch-on-the-go or a picnic at the beach. I find it irresistible, and while it's a great side salad, it's nearly a meal in itself. // alexandracooks.com

Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

This summer vegetable salad comes together in no time—as the shallots macerate in the vinegar for the dressing, you can prep everything else: slice the radishes, turnips, scallions, etc. With a hunk of bread on the side, the meal is complete. // alexandracooks.com

10-Minute Meal: Greens + Tuna + Shallot Vinaigrette

A bowl of farro risotto with kale and feta.

Farro Risotto with Kale and Feta

In this kale Cesar salad, the dressing is light and lemony and the kale itself is extremely soft and tender. It's also vegan, the dressing made with vegannaise and vegan Worcestershire. The combination of curly kale, massaged till tender, quick-pickled onions, and toasted pumpkin seeds, which add so much texture and flavor, is so good. I think this is one you have to taste to believe. // alexandracooks.com

Honest Weight Food Coop’s Kale Caesar

Stuffing Two Ways from Bread Toast Crumbs

Cabbage arrives as early as those tender greens and continues through the fall and early winter. Make this cabbage slaw spicy with a few dashes of Tabasco, add herbs, add other vegetables, or just keep it simple. // alexandracooks.com

Simplest Cabbage Slaw + 10 Other Useful CSA Recipes

A bowl of baked coconut kale and tofu.

Baked Tofu with Kale and Coconut

This freekeh salad is my favorite kind of recipe, one whose assembly is fluid — as the vegetables roast in the oven, the freekeh cooks stovetop, and you make the dressing — and whose payoff is big: minimal mess and a meal that's at once light and comforting. // alexandracooks.com

Freekeh Salad with Roasted Kale & Cabbage

This recipe for Caesar dressing, which includes a soft-boiled egg, works like a charm, producing a dressing with no discernible difference in flavor but with the most undulant, luscious texture. // alexandracooks.com

Kale Salad with 4-Minute Egg Caesar Dressing

A pan of farro risotto with roasted butternut squash and kale.

Homemade Vegetable Stock + Farro Risotto with Squash and Kale

A portion of sheet pan pasta gratin with kale on a plate.

Sheet Pan Pasta Gratin with Kale

It's dishes such as this that make me understand (almost) how people can be vegetarian. In In this slow-cooked kale, kale is blanched first, roughly chopped and then sautéed over low heat for thirty minutes in olive oil with onions, garlic, rosemary and chile de árbol. It's almost black and slightly crispy when finished. It is sweet and addictive. // alexandracooks.com

Suzanne Goin’s Slow-Cooked Kale ( & Stuffing)

Grilled Chicken Caesar Kale Salad & Piadines, sort of