If you love kale and are following the keto diet, these keto kale recipes will come in handy. Kale is one of those veggies that are safe for the keto diet. It is low in carbs and loaded with nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese.
It’s so important to have plenty of fiber rich foods when eating a keto diet to prevent the dreaded keto constipation.
The leaves of kale are high in antioxidants like Vitamin C, that fight free radicals in the body, which are thought to play a role in preventing heart disease and other diseases. In addition, kale is very versatile and be made into different dishes or eaten along with other cruciferous veggies.
Related reading: Health Benefits of Kale and Spinach for Keto
Crucifereous vegetables, also known as brassicas, contain glucosinolates, substances which stimulate the liver detox enzymes. This is important so the liver can eliminate the toxins we are bombarded with these days which can overwhelm it if the detox pathways are not working efficiently.
You can learn more about this in my article How To Use Kale For Detox on my detox blog. You will find some more kale recipes there too.
Kale comes in many varieties including curly, red kale, lacinato aka Tuscan kale, Italian kale, dinosaur kale, cavolo nero or black kale. Tuscan kale is less fibrous than curly kale sp doesn’t need to be cooked as long to make it tender
It’s good to include as many green vegetables, especially leafy ones, as you can on a keto diet. If you want to include kale here are some of the tastiest keto kale recipes to try.
Keto Kale Recipes
1. Keto Kale Caesar Salad Recipe
The crunchy keto-friendly bread crumb and grated parmesan topping make this Kale Caesar Salad even more delectable. It’s a recipe from Cast Iron Keto with a dressing made of lemon juice and olive oil.
You can serve this delicious kale salad as a side dish or appetizer, a perfect pair for any low-carb, high-protein meal. If you are following the plant-based ketogenic diet, substitute parmesan cheese with any vegan alternative.
Related reading: Kale Caesar Salad For Low Carb Diets
2. Keto Kale Pomegranate and Blueberry Salad
Here’s another delicious kale salad recipe to try. Made by Natalie of Tastes Lovely, this Keto Kale Pomegranate and Blueberry Salad is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner meals.
Packed with nutritious and delicious ingredients like red cabbage, blueberries, pomegranates, apples, and almonds, it can also make for a perfect appetizer. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing makes this salad even more mouthwatering.
3. Seasoned Baked Kale Chips
If you’re looking for delicious snacks safe for the keto diet, try these Seasoned Baked Kale Chips from Laura of Delightfully Low Carb. The recipe is so easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients.
Aside from kale, you only need olive oil and some seasonings. After you season the kale leaves, arrange them on a baking sheet, and bake. Allow to crips for 2 – 3 minutes before serving.
4. Low Carb Sausage Kale Soup
Although kale is mostly made into salads, it can also be a perfect ingredient for savory soups. If you’re looking for inspiration for a kale-based soup that’s low in carbs, try this Low Carb Sausage Kale Soup recipe from Jocelyn of Inside BruCrew Life.
Inspired by the Zuppa Toscana soup, a traditional Italian soup made with sausages, cream, and potatoes, this keto-friendly soup is healthy and comforting, perfect for the fall season. Instead of the potatoes, Jocelyn used cauliflower as a substitute.
5. Healthy Keto Turkey Soup Recipe with Kale
This healthy Turkey Soup with Kale is a high-protein soup you can prepare in 30 minutes. Made by Diane of Best Recipe Box, it’s one of those keto kale recipes that are super easy to make.
If you have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you can follow this recipe to make a delicious and keto-friendly soup that everyone will love. If you got no leftover turkey, you can cut up a small slice of boneless turkey breast or use ground turkey meat.
6. Low Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna
If you’re craving lasagna but don’t want to ruin your keto diet, follow this Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. It will remind you of your favorite lasagna dish but without the guilt since the author replaced the pasta with kale.
This casserole dish is made with turkey sausages, so it’s also high in protein and fat. Smothered with sugar-free pasta sauce, Parmesan, and mozzarella, it is so delicious that it tastes like the real thing.
7. Keto-Friendly Pesto Chicken Pasta With Kale
Here’s another delicious pasta dish with kale from Shawn And Lovely of Kitchenatics. It has skinless chicken breasts and is highly recommended if you’re looking for high-protein keto kale recipes.
You can use keto-friendly pasta for this recipe or any low-carb pasta alternatives. This dish tastes so good, guaranteed to satisfy your pasta cravings, and is perfect for lunch or dinner. The pesto sauce with kale is so flavorful, and the tomatoes give it an added tangy flavor.
8. Keto Beef and Kale Skillet Recipe
As mentioned at the beginning of this recipe roundup, kale is available in different varieties. This Beef and Kale Skillet recipe requires using Tuscan kale, which has longer, spear-like leaves.
The recipe is from Jack and Martha Pesa of A Family Feast and is quick and easy to prepare. Aside from the kale and ground beef, it has bell peppers, tomatoes, and lemon, giving it a rich flavor. It’s one of the most delicious ketogenic kale recipes loaded with healthy veggies, perfect for any low-carb diet.
9. Low Carb Creamed Kale with Bacon and Walnuts
Made by Mellissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry, this Creamed Kale with Bacon and Walnuts is a delicious way of adding kale to your ketogenic diet. The creamy sauce is made with a combination of parmesan and mascarpone, giving it an Alfredo-like texture.
Featuring a fantastic blend of flavors, this dish is made even more flavorful by the crunchy topping of bacon and walnuts. Aside from kale, you can also use chard, spinach, or collard greens if you want to try other versions of this recipe, but make sure to adjust the cooking times accordingly.
10. Healthy Keto Kale Smoothie
When searching for keto kale recipes online, you will most likely come across a smoothie recipe. That’s because kale is a popular ingredient for keto green smoothies. One of the kale smoothie recipes you can try is this Detox Keto Kale Smoothie made by Jennifer of the Keto Diet Yum.
Aside from kale, the smoothie has avocados, celery, and cucumber. It also contains almond milk and peanut butter, giving you a healthy dose of fat, which makes this smoothie a healthy addition to any low carb diet.
This keto kale smoothie is the perfect way to start your day, giving you a healthy energy boost to keep you functioning throughout the day. It’s also possible to prepare the smoothie the night before, keep it in a food-safe storage bag, and defrost it for a quick breakfast.