Kale is such a versatile plant – that’s what makes it such a great ingredient. You can use it in almost anything – which is why there are so many fantastic recipes that call for it!
Here are 15 of the absolute best vegan friendly kale recipes! You’ll be sure to find some delicious meal ideas – so read on to see the recipes!
1. Crispy Baked Everything Bagel Kale Chips
Kale is great because it is so versatile – as this great recipe for kale chips coated in everything seasoning! EVerything doesn’t literally mean everything – so don’t worry, you won’t have to empty the contents of your entire kitchen onto your kale.
Instead, mix toasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion and garlic, and some salt. Coat your kale (make sure it’s nice and dry first) and bake at a low heat for around half an hour – perfect! These make a great healthy snack for anytime – and they’re full of great flavor too!
2. Kale Stuffed Shells With Marinara
As the recipe says, pasta shells would normally be accompanied by cheese – but that’s no good for us vegans, which is why this recipe instead stuffs the pasta shells with a beautiful mixture of white beans, kale, and garlic – making this a fantastic tasting and completely vegan friendly pasta dish.
The recipe doesn’t include one for marinara sauce, unfortunately – but that aside, it’s a great tasting meal that you’ll love to eat. Oh, and if you’re really craving the cheese – serve with some vegan parmesan!
3. Kale Salad With Farro, Golden Raisins And Walnuts
Not only is this recipe a deliciously fruity and nutty salad snack, but it’s quick to make and will easily fill you up! Completely vegan friendly, this will take around 20 minutes to make – and if you’re looking for a gluten free option, then that’s available too!
Simply use quinoa in place of farro to make this salad into a delicious gluten-free version.
Use agave or maple syrup to your preference – either one will give this a delicious sticky sweetness that goes perfectly with the walnuts, raisins, and red pepper – and there’s the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon to give it an extra fruity tang!
4. Vegan Breakfast Bowl With Tofu And Kale
If you’re looking for a fantastic, healthy and great tasting way to start your day, then why not try out this fantastic recipe? It’s the perfect food to get you ready in the morning, and of course, it’s completely vegan friendly.
It’ll only take you around 10 minutes to make too, which means it’s perfect for when you need some great food but you don’t have a whole lot of time!
5. Teriyaki Cauliflower And Kale Stir Fry
One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s not only vegan friendly, but also gluten free – and it tastes absolutely delicious, of course!
It’s great for those seeking a gluten free option who don’t want to sacrifice flavor – because with tamari, garlic, ginger, chili pepper, and pineapple juice, this dish is absolutely full of it!
And because it’s full of sweetness from the pineapple juice, you’ll; notice that there’s no need for any added sugar – so this tastes fresh, sweet, and great, while being extremely healthy! As the recipe says, pair with a good source of protein to make this into a complete healthy meal that tastes amazing!
6. Vegan Pineapple Kale Smoothie
Kale is so versatile that you don’t even have to eat it – it makes for a delicious smoothie too! This recipe will show you how to make a fantastic kale smoothie, with the great taste of pineapple too!
Add kale, pineapple., almond milk, and a banana to a blender, and turn it on – that’s pretty much all you need to do to make this simple yet delicious smoothie.
Check the recipe for some cool ideas for ways to add extras to this great drink too – for instance, adding a little bit of ginger to give it a lovely warming spicy taste!
7. Kale Salad With Cranberries And Butternut Squash
Great for any time, but, as the author says, especially good for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is a sweet yet rich tasting meal that will make 6 servings in just 30 minutes – and it’ll be full of flavor that’s great for the winter months!
Walnuts, cranberries, and the famously tart and beautiful Granny Smith apple give the salad a fruity and rich flavor – and of course, the apple cider vinegar and maple syrup combine to add a sticky sweetness that’s got just the right amount of vinegary bite.
8. Mediterranean Roasted Sweet Potato & Farro Salad
This recipe calls for Tuscan kale – known also as Lacinato kale – if you want to follow it precisely, but of course there’s nothing too wrong with substituting it for a kale of your choice.
Of course, to make this a truly vegan option you’ll have to omit the cheese – but that’s no great loss to a vegan, and the recipe is full of great flavor anyway! You can get two large servings out of this – or 3 to 4 smaller portions. Lemon and mint give it a great tasting freshness and tang – yum yum!
9. Southwestern Kale Power Salad With Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce
There just isn’t enough room to list all of the fantastic ingredients and flavors you’ll have in this fantastic salad – suffice to say that it really earns the “power” part of the name!
This recipe is perfectly vegan friendly too – just omit the optional crumbled feta cheese to make this a great tasting meal that absolutely anyone can enjoy!
10. Kale Apple Smoothie
This is a fantastic, fresh and fruity way to start your day – but then, of course, it’ll taste just as good at any part of the day!
And, what’s more, it’s one of the few smoothie recipes out there that doesn’t include bananas – as the recipe author states, bananas just don’t seem to work so well when combined with both kale and apple.
Add a few large leaves of kale, a cored apple, some chia seeds, flax seed, maple syrup… actually, this is so packed full of good stuff that there’s too much to list. Better read the recipe for the full details!
11. Peanut Chickpea Bowls
Easy to make, full of flavor, and great for you – and what’s more, it’ll last for days if stored in your fridge in an airtight container.
You can serve this delicious recipe either hot or cold if you like, but the author recommends eating it while it’s nice and hot for the best flavor. Serve with jasmine rice, and fresh kale for the ebstr experience. The recipe contains a link to the peanut sauce you’ll need to make for this one.
12. Spicy Potato Kale Bowls With Mustard Tahini Dressing
Hearty, tasty, a little bit spicy, and absolutely delicious, this recipe will make 4 servings – and 4 very happy diners!
You’ll make a tantastic mustard and tahini based dressing, that tops off an absolutely delicious load of baked vegetables – potatoes, onion, green pepper, and of course a jalapeno pepper, along with some chili powder to help the kick along the way.
Not too spicy, but enough to give the dish a little bit of excitement! Served with fresh chopped kale that’s been covered in fresh lemon juice, and you’ve got a delicious vegan meal.
13. Vegan Kale Pesto Pasta
One of the things that many people miss when converting to veganism is pesto – unfortunately, as it’s made with cheese, it’s not very vegan friendly! Not to worry though – this recipe will teach you how to make a fantastic vegan pesto -albeit with a twist.
This time, there’s no basil! Instead, this recipe uses kale – yes, to some, that may be blasphemy, but give this recipe a try and you’ll be sure to fall in love with it!
14. Vegan Ricotta And Kale Filo Scrolls
These ricotta and kale scrolls are so tasty, and so easy to make – and yet they come out of the oven looking like a pro made them! Delicious filo pastry filled with tofu, kale, and a whole load of other delicious ingredients make these scrolls a n amazing tasting vegan meal.
They’ll only take 50 minutes to make – 30 minutes prep time and half an hour to bake in the oven. This gives you plenty of time to take in the delicious aromas of cumin and garlic that permeate these, before you finally get to tuck in and enjoy the taste!
15. Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips
This is another great tasting recipe for kale chips – which make for a fantastic yet healthy snack you can munch away at without feeling too guilty about!
You’ll be using curly kale for this recipe. It doesn’t mean that you can’t make these kale chips with other types of kale – but just that you’ll have to adjust the baking time. Other types of kale are often thicker, meaning they’ll need a longer time in the oven.
The flavoring is quick and simple to make – simply use olive oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt! The nutritional yeast gives the kale that great cheesy flavor, without needing to use any cheese!
There you have it – 15 of the absolute best kale recipes for vegans! Hopefully, you’ve found some fantastic dishes that you’re eager to try out for yourself!
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