11 easy kale recipes your kids will actually love

Soups, stews, salads and pasta—you'll find kale recipes for diners big and small.

11 easy kale recipes your kids will actually love

Family-friendly kale recipes

Kale Pesto

Here’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat their greens: disguise it as pesto and they’ll never know. Get the recipe: Kale Pesto

A bowl of pasta with green pesto on itPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Kale, Carrot and Feta Salad

Fill your crew up with a fresh, colourful mix of superfoods. It’s packed with so many kid-friendly goodies like feta, carrots and dried cranberries. Get the recipe: Kale, Feta and Carrot Salad

ramekin of shredded kale, carrots, zucchini and crumbled fetaPhoto: Jodi Pudge


Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

Add fun shaped pasta to attract reluctant eaters. The kale in this recipe gets wilty like spinach, making it relatively harmless. Get the recipe: Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

bowl of hearty turkey and bean soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Kale Chips

With the salty crisp of chips, you’ll be so impressed at how quickly kids gobble this superfood up. Get the recipe: Kale Chips

Plate of crispy kale chips with sea saltPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Quick Kale and Bacon Tart

Be sneaky and chop that kale finely so that it will blend into the filling. Get the recipe: Quick Kale and Bacon Tart

sliced quiche ready to servePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Kale Salad with Bacon and Dates

If this supper salad seems a little mature for your little ones, play around with the ingredients. Maybe dried cranberries would appeal more than dates, or a fried egg on the side instead of poached. Get the recipe: Kale Salad with Bacon and Dates

11 easy kale recipes your kids will actually lovePhoto: Maya Visnyea

Green Apple Smoothie

This yummy smoothie is packed with all the power of kale, but all you’ll taste is the fruit! Get the recipe: Green Apple Smoothie 

cup with green apple smoothie and striped strawPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

If your kid won’t touch anything green, here’s your sneaky saviour: blended kale and red pepper make a red pesto that even the pickiest of eaters will want to gobble up. Get the recipe: Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

plate of pasta with basil and tomatoesPhoto: Andrew Grinton


Grilled Portobellos with Quinoa Salad

Offer them baby kale as an alternative to a big leafy bushel. It’s not as tough and looks more like spring mix. Serve it alongside these portobello caps or a different family fave. Get the recipe: Grilled Portobellos with Quinoa Salad

grilled zucchini ribbons and portobello mushroom cap filled with quinoa saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Lentil and Kale Soup

This hearty soup is perfect tucked into a Thermos for lunch or served with crusty bread on a cold night. Bacon and smoked paprika give it a real warm and hearty flavour. Get the recipe: Delicious Lentil and Kale Soup

bowl of chunky soup with lentils, kale and baconPhoto: Ryan Szulc

Penne with Sauteed Sausage and Kale

Another pasta dish! There's so many because they work. We predict most kids will be into this wilted kale medley with mini sausage meatballs. Get the recipe: Penne with Sauteed Sausage and Kale

thermos filled with pasta and sausage and kalePhoto: Jodi Pudge

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This article was originally published on May 21, 2019

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