Quite possibly the vegetable of the century, kale appears to be everywhere. Kale is featured in recipes for kale soups, kale salads, pasta and even a lusciously creamy kale omelet. And don’t forget crunchy kale chips: They’re a great alternative to plain old potato chips!
Kale is a close cousin to several extremely popular veggies: cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Characterized by lush green leaves, Lacinato kale and curly kale are the most popular. Lacinato has a few aliases: You might see it labeled as Tuscan, dinosaur or black kale where you shop. It can be used interchangeably with curly kale, but most people agree that Lacinato makes the best kale chips: It’s easier to get the leaves evenly coated with all the ingredients, and it’s flatter, so it comes out a bit crispier.
Kale recipes make great side dishes, and a favorite that appears on menus around St. Patrick’s Day is Colcannon, made with mashed potatoes and cabbage, but kale is a great substitution. Ours features bacon, too. After trying our kale recipes, you can move on to other delicious hearty greens: Collard and chard are great ones to try.