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36 Super Nutritious AIP Kale Recipes You Shouldn’t Miss

Louise | August 16

Eating more kale is an inexpensive way to incorporate various nutrients in your diet. It is a super versatile ingredient that can be used in all kinds of dishes!

On this list of anti-inflammatory kale recipes you’ll find kale smoothies, kale salads, breakfast dishes with kale, soups and stews – you name it! And all of these recipes are AIP-friendly so you won’t have to worry about ruining your diet.

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find. There are plenty of health benefits you get from eating kale on a regular basis – here are a few, for starters:

– vitamin A is great for your skin and immunity
– vitamin C can help prevent and treat the common cold
– vitamin K is good for your bones (combined with the calcium in kale it helps prevent osteoporosis)
– manganese helps control the level of sugar in your blood
– iron boosts your hemoglobin formation (which is important especially for women)
– kale is very low in fat, but the fat it contains are largely omega-3 fats, so it has anti-inflammatory effects

There are so many ways to cook kale that it’s practically impossible to get bored of it! Boiling kale will diminish some of its nutrients, but you’ll still get plenty of vitamins. However, if you’d like to make sure you get the most health benefits, you can try microwaving, stir-frying or steaming your kale.

Our list of AIP kale recipes includes something for every meal – I bet you can’t wait to try:
AIP Kale snacks recipes – Crunchy and flavorful kale chips are a great anti-inflammatory alternative to your old, unhealthy movie night snacks.
AIP Kale breakfast recipes – Smoothies, breakfast skillets, kale hash… Such tasty ways to start your day!
AIP Kale dinner recipes – You can’t beat an AIP-friendly, comforting kale casserole!
AIP Kale lunch recipes – Why not try a delicious and nutritious AIP kale salad for your next lunch?

Here are just a few of the AIP Kale Recipes we’ve included:

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AIP Kale Recipes: AIP Kale Salads

Keto Kale Blueberry Salad

– Keto Summit

Keto Kale Blueberry Salad

Ingredients: kale, blueberries, coconut flakes, red onion, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper (omit).

Kale has so many more nutrients than other salad leaves, so this delicious Keto salad could be a good way to increase your intake. Teamed with the juicy blueberries, the crunchy kale and sweet red onion, this salad could be a wonderful light lunch option or a side salad for cooked meats or fish. If you use the light dressing suggested here you won’t mask the flavors of the other ingredients.

Strawberry Kale Salad

– Autoimmune Wellness

Strawberry Kale Salad

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: kale, strawberries, avocado, bacon, coconut cream, honey, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.

Using strawberries in this dish to offset the earthy flavor of the kale is such a good idea as they are strong enough in flavor and give you little pops of juice as you bite in. You then have a rich and creamy dressing with little pieces of crispy bacon to round this dish off. This AIP salad would make a lovely light and flavorful lunch dish to impress any guests.

Creamy Kale Salad with Mango & Figs

– Grazed & Enthused

Creamy Kale Salad with Mango & Figs

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: avocado, avocado oil or olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, sea salt, kale, mango, Turkish figs, shallot.

This vegetarian salad is bright and colorful and packed with flavor and texture from the mango and figs. If you are not vegetarian, you could add in some protein like shredded chicken or shrimp to make this a more filling meal. You can also swap the figs for dates if you are finding them difficult to source. The avocado dressing can also be used on other salad dishes – just have fun experimenting!

Hawaiian Kale Salad

– He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Ingredients: kale, pineapple juice, avocado oil, garlic powder, ginger powder, turmeric, sea salt, avocado, tigernuts.

Pineapple juice livens up the flavor of this delicious AIP-friendly salad, giving it a tropical taste and just a hint of sweetness. This is complemented by the warming ginger and turmeric, which give a rich taste to the greens. This recipe also includes avocado chunks as a great source of healthy fats, making this a filling meal to serve for lunch.

Kale Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

– Healing Whole Nutrition

Ingredients: kale, avocados, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper (omit).

Here is another fantastic AIP-compliant salad that is nut and gluten-free but absolutely delicious! The lemon vinaigrette gives a zesty zing to set off the earthy kale leaves and creamy avocado. The salad is a healthy meal on its own or you can serve it with any meat. Because of the lemony dressing, this also goes really well with oily fish such as salmon.

Calamari, Kale & Kalamata Olive Salad

– Meatified

Calamari, Kale & Kalamata Olive Salad

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: calamari, baby kale, shallot, kalamata olives, lemon juice, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil.

If you are new to eating kale, which is one of the most nutritious vegetables around, or if your family is not interested in trying it, you might enjoy this delicious AIP salad as it uses baby kale with a subtler flavor than regular kale leaves. Topped with the flavorful and tender calamari and studded with olives, this salad would go down very well for lunch on a summer day!

Greek Kale Salad

– Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP

Ingredients: kale, English cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Red Boat fish sauce, honey, onion powder, dried parsley, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt.

This lovely salad takes its Mediterranean influence from the olives and the mix of seasonings and is a great mix of textures and flavors. This dish only takes a few minutes to prepare and has refreshing cucumber paired with the kale and studded with the olives, a great source of healthy fats. This would be a lovely appetizer for a Mediterranean-inspired meal, but if you don’t like olives you could use avocado instead.

Apple, Cabbage, and Kale Salad

– Don’t Eat the Spatula

Ingredients: apple, red cabbage, kale, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt.

With only a few ingredients, this salad must be one of the easiest to make. It is crunchy and delicious, but I recommend you leave it to sit for half an hour to allow the flavors to meld and let the apple take on the color of the red cabbage. This AIP salad makes a great side to serve at a family barbecue as it goes really well with grilled meats and even burgers. I find it best to use a sweeter apple for this dish.

AIP / Colorful Nutrient-Dense Fresh Kale Salad

– A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Ingredients: kale, red cabbage, carrots, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, pink himalayan salt, lime, chives.

The first thing you notice about this salad is the colors of the vegetables, giving the dish a rainbow effect, and this makes a great partner to grilled meats or fish. The zingy lime dressing makes the flavors come alive and it is a good idea to serve extra lime wedges to ramp up the taste. If your family are not keen on kale, try using baby leaves which have a milder flavor.

AIP Kale Recipes: AIP Kale Breakfasts

Avocado Green Smoothie

– Paleo Flourish

Avocado Green Smoothie

Ingredients: avocado, banana, coconut milk or water, kale, ice.

Green smoothies are packed with nutrients and fiber and can be very filling, keeping you going all morning, and this Paleo one definitely will. The consistency will be quite thick, but smooth and creamy as you are using avocado and banana as the base, but you can water it down by adding more coconut milk if you prefer. The banana also adds a natural sweetness, so no need for added sweeteners.

Bacon & Kale Breakfast Skillet

– Grazed & Enthused

Bacon & Kale Breakfast Skillet

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: bacon, lacinato kale, coconut milk, garlic, truffle salt.

There is something really good about bacon and kale together, as the kale takes on the flavor of the meat, lessening the earthy flavor of the greens. This would be a warming and satisfying healthy breakfast, but it could be made even more filling by adding in some breakfast sausage as well. This skillet can also be served as an AIP side dish and goes really well with pork chops or chicken.

Kale, Berry and Citrus Smoothie

– Healing Family Eats

Kale, Berry and Citrus Smoothie

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: black kale, blueberries, peach, tangelo juice, sea salt.

This delicious smoothie has a rich flavor and a wonderfully vivid color and would be a great drink to have in the morning to get your system off to a good start. Although this smoothie doesn’t use avocado or banana to make the creamy base, it still has the smooth texture because of the peach. If you can’t source tangelos because they are not available where you live, you could use tangerines instead.

Plantain, Chicken & Kale Hash

– Adventures in Partaking

Plantain, Chicken & Kale Hash

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: plantain, leftover chicken, kale, garlic, sea salt.

If you are new to AIP and are experimenting with savory choices for breakfast, a hash like this one could be a good idea. This dish uses plantain and kale as the base and is a good way to use up leftover chicken from a roast. This AIP hash only takes a few minutes to cook so would be great for busy days, and the plantain is a good source of slow release energy, keeping you going till lunch.

Roasted Sweet Potato & Kale Chips

– Flawed yet Functional

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, kale, bacon fat, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper (omit).

This AIP dish is designed to be served as a side for breakfast meats like bacon or sausage patties. The roasted sweet potato is soft and slightly sweet, contrasting with the crunchy and salty kale chips and giving you great texture and flavor combinations. This is a grain and gluten free recipe that is suitable for AIP and Paleo diets.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato and Chicken Breakfast Scramble with Sauteed Kale

– Amy Myers MD

Ingredients: animal fat or coconut oil, onion, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, sea salt, baby kale, chicken breast, avocado.

Here is another great breakfast idea for a savory meal with healthy fats and plenty of protein. The cinnamon and sweet potato give a warming taste to the scramble and it tastes even better if you caramelize the onions slightly before adding them to the mix. I prefer to use red onion, which adds a lovely color and slight sweetness to this AIP breakfast dish.

AIP Kale Breakfast Skillet

– Fitness by Chelsea

Ingredients: coconut oil or cooking fat, kale, apple, yellow onion, chicken or pork, garlic, sea salt, rosemary, thyme, dried cranberries.

Here is another breakfast recipe that is a great way to use up leftover meat from a roast chicken. The flavors in this skillet dish are enhanced by using fresh herbs, and there is a freshness from the chopped apple to contrast with the greens. This recipe is compliant with the autoimmune protocol and makes a filling and hearty breakfast to keep you going through the morning.

Jicama Breakfast Hash

– Unbound Wellness

Ingredients: bacon, jicama, kale, leek, garlic powder, onion powder, salt.

Here is another AIP-friendly breakfast hash that is filling and nutritious and will keep you going till lunch. This dish is made using jicama, which is not available in many countries, so if you don’t live in the US you could use white radish instead as it gives roughly the same texture. The dish is studded with crispy bacon and has the earthy flavor of kale and leeks.

Coconut Kale Green Smoothie Bowl

– Unbound Wellness

Ingredients: kale, peach, coconut milk, coconut oil, collagen hydrolysate, ice cubes, lemon juice.

This green smoothie bowl is so lovely to look at and is absolutely packed with nutrients and vitamins. Smoothies are great for the AIP diet as you are using the whole vegetable, so they have a lot more fiber than simple juices, and adding the collagen can also be beneficial for healing leaky gut problems. If you don’t want to add to the sugars by using the banana, just top the bowl with coconut flakes.

AIP Kale Recipes: AIP Kale Entrees

Simple Paleo Coconut Seafood Soup

– Paleo Flourish

Simple Paleo Coconut Seafood Soup

Ingredients: chicken stock, button mushrooms or other mushrooms, kale, romaine lettuce, tilapia filets, shrimp/prawns, coconut cream, salt.

This simple Paleo soup is creamy and delicious and packed with great flavors of the sea. If you choose not to add the fish sauce the soup will still taste great, but it really adds to the end result. If you don’t have tilapia, any other meaty fish would work here – try cod or coley or even salmon, just be careful not to stir too vigorously or you risk breaking up the fish.

Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole

– It’s All About AIP

Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: ground beef, cauliflower, ginger, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, coconut milk, baby spinach, kale.

This AIP casserole has notes of Mediterranean cuisine because of the garlic, ginger and oregano and is a filling meal on its own as it contains both the beef and the cauliflower rice. If you want to make this meal go further you could add in more vegetables such as mushrooms. This casserole freezes really well so is perfect for batch-cooking and keeping for another day.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken with Tarragon and Kale

– Healing Family Eats

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken with Tarragon and Kale

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: chicken thighs, solid fat, leek, garlic, pumpkin purée, dried tarragon, chicken juice or bone broth, lacinato kale, sea salt.

This is a wallet-friendly AIP recipe that uses chicken thighs instead of breast meat. The thighs can be cheaper, but are tastier because the meat is closer to the bone. Tarragon is an herb that is often paired with chicken, giving it a slight aniseed flavor and in this dish it helps to complement the earthy tone from the kale. You can serve this on its own or with cauliflower rice for a heartier meal.

Curry-Braised Kale and Cabbage

– The Paleo Mom

Curry-Braised Kale and Cabbage

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: kale, green cabbage, apple, yellow onion, coconut oil, curry powder, water.

This great recipe gives you a really tasty Paleo side that you can serve with just about any meat. The apple adds a freshness to the flavor, especially if you use a tart one, and the mild curry taste goes well with the kale and cabbage. I like to serve this with pork chops or to liven up a plain chicken breast. You can also use this next day as the base for a salad, or reheat it to serve with dinner.

Crockpot Creamy Lemon Chicken Kale Soup

– AIP Lifestyle

Ingredients: chicken, bone broth, kale, lemons, lemon juice, onions, olive oil, salt.

This AIP recipe shows a convenient way to thicken soup by blending an onion with some oil and stock and adding it to the soup! I would never have thought of that! This soup is rich in flavor but quite light because of the lemon zest and juice. This recipe would be a great way to encourage the family to eat more kale as the earthy flavor is offset by the tasty shreds of chicken meat.

Ground Lamb and Kale Delicata Squash Boats

– Heal Your Kitchen

Ingredients: ground lamb, yellow onion, kale, garlic, thyme, lemon zest, salt, delicata squash, coconut oil.

I absolutely love stuffed vegetables and squashes, so imagine my delight when I saw this really impressive AIP dish! This would make a fantastic main for a dinner party, as the ingredients make it so tasty yet with a sophisticated flavor. You don’t even have to remove the skin from the squash – you can eat it as well! Just for a change you could also sub the lamb with chicken or turkey.

Chicken, Bacon, & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

– All the Nourishing Things

Ingredients: sweet potatoes or yams, bacon, onion, chicken, kale, rosemary, lemon juice, salt, coconut oil.

I really don’t think there is much can beat the combo of chicken and bacon, either as a main or as a filling for sweet potatoes. In this great AIP dish, the meats are seasoned with fresh rosemary and added to some kale to give you delicious baked potatoes your whole family can enjoy. This is another great way to use up any leftover chicken from a roast.

Sweet Potato Sausage and Kale Soup

– Our Paleo Family

Ingredients: avocado oil, shallots, celery, chicken stock, sweet potatoes, sausage, kale, lemon juice, sea salt.

There is something so comforting about a big bowl of hearty homemade soup and it can be a simple way to encourage the picky eaters in the family to increase their intake of healthy greens. This AIP compliant recipe uses white sweet potatoes, but orange ones can be used instead. Then just top the thick plateful with your choice of sausage for added protein and you have a filling lunch!

Fish and Kale Stew

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: oil, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, stock/broth, white fish, kale, dill, lemon zest, juice, sea salt.

This fish stew recipe is grain, gluten and dairy free and totally compliant with the autoimmune protocol. We all know how important fish and seafood are on this eating plan, so why not turn it into a hearty stew the whole family will enjoy! You can use any meaty white fish like cod or haddock, just don’t be tempted to miss out the fresh dill as it adds a lovely aniseed flavor that enhances the taste of the fish.

AIP Kale Recipes: AIP Kale Sides

AIP Cheesy Garlic Kale Chips

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Cheesy Garlic Kale Chips

Ingredients: kale, olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder.

Kale chips can be a really useful replacement to potato chips as they are crispy and tasty but don’t have the high carb content or the issues relating to nightshades. In this recipe the nutritional yeast gives the chips a cheese-like flavor and, along with the garlic, makes these a great snack to enjoy when you are watching the game or just to keep you going till dinner.

Kale Pesto

– Autoimmune Wellness

Kale Pesto

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: kale, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt.

Pesto is one of those super-tasty and versatile dishes as you can use it in so many ways or just eat it as it is. I like to drizzle some of this over vegetable noodles to give their flavor a real boost, but you can even add it to AIP stir-fry dishes or soups. Traditionally pesto is made with pine nuts or cashews, but with the rise in nut allergy awareness it is nice to have a nut-free option to serve to friends and family.

Dehydrated Kale Chips

– Paleo Flourish

Dehydrated Kale Chips

Ingredients: kale leaves, salt, olive oil.

Kale chips can be a great alternative to potato chips when you are eating healthily and they are quite easy to make. However, they can burn really easily so don’t be tempted to leave them to cook while you do something else! You can make them spicy like the ones in this recipe, or simply season them with some salt for a tasty treat. These Paleo chips make great party food served with a low carb dip.

Ham & Sweet Potato Soup

– It’s All About AIP

Ham & Sweet Potato Soup

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: avocado oil, onion, garlic, white sweet potatoes, ham, bone broth, kale, salt, rosemary.

This is a versatile recipe for AIP-friendly soup that is hearty and satisfying and the ingredients can easily be swapped out for your favorites. If you can’t get white sweet potatoes you can use orange ones, but this will give the soup a sweeter flavor. I recommend you taste the soup before seasoning with salt as the ham can add enough to the dish without adding any more.

Chunky Bacon Kale Stir Fry

– The Curious Coconut

Chunky Bacon Kale Stir Fry

Photo Credit: The Curious Coconut

Ingredients: kale, bacon, salt.

There is something really great about frying leafy greens in bacon fat that helps to bring their flavor alive! This is such an easy recipe, yet the end result is so tasty that you will want to eat it over and over. If you prefer your foods a bit less chunky, obviously you can chop the kale and bacon into smaller pieces and I would advise you do if this is for the kids as it will be easier for them to eat.

Sukuma Wiki (Sauteed Kale)

– Adventures in Partaking

Sukuma Wiki (Sauteed Kale)

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: olive oil, red onion, garlic granules, greens, water, turmeric powder, pink himalayan salt, lemon juice.

This delicious AIP side is a dish commonly served in Africa along with different meats. It has the added health benefits from the turmeric and is a really tasty dish with a good hit of garlic. If your family really don’t like kale you can use spinach or collard greens instead, but on the AIP diet kale is a great source of vitamins and fiber. Serve this with grilled meat such as steak or chops, or with salmon steaks.

Hot & Sour Greens

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: kale, oil, garlic, ginger, green onion, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, honey.

Here is another useful side dish that can increase your intake of greens, yet still give you plenty of taste. You get a slight kick from the ginger and a sour note from the apple cider vinegar, rounded off with the sweet honey and coconut aminos to give this an Oriental flavor. This is a grain and gluten free recipe that is suitable for AIP and Paleo diets.

Crunchy Kale Chips

– Provincial Paleo

Ingredients: kale, cassava flour, arrowroot starch, nutritional yeast, onion powder, granulated garlic, Himalayan salt, coconut oil, water, maple syrup.

Because the kale chips in this recipe are coated with cassava flour and arrowroot, they are so much crunchier than regular ones and make the perfect party food to serve along with AIP dips. They do take longer to cook than some, but keep their crunch for much longer so they can be made in advance. These can also be crushed and sprinkled over salads or stews for added texture.

Cheesy Turmeric + Garlic Kale Chips

– Primal Palate

Ingredients: kale, nutritional yeast, sea salt, turmeric powder, coconut oil, garlic powder.

This is another AIP recipe that uses nutritional yeast to give the chips a slight cheesy flavor which tastes great along with the garlic. This is a nut and grain free recipe that makes super-tasty snacks for the whole family. If you don’t have a salad spinner to remove the excess water from the kale before dehydrating, you can blot the liquid with paper towels.

Sarah Cummings

This looks very healthy! Really appreciate that you shared the recipes. ?

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