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Easy Roasted Kale

Since we’ve had a long, (relatively) cool spring, my kale plants are still flourishing. I’m staving off bolting for as long as I can, but I can see that it’ll happen soon… so I’m enjoying lots and lots of kale now, while I can.

A friend clued me in to her favorite, super-simple way to prepare kale not long ago, and it has become a staple side dish around our house. You toss your kale with olive oil, salt and pepper, roast it, and top it off with a squeeze of lemon.

Easy Roasted Kale ~ Gourmet Veggie Mama

It’s so simple and so good!

Also on my list to try soon are kale pesto and green smoothies (I’m finally getting a Vitamix — look out!).

What’s your favorite way to use kale?

Easy Roasted Kale
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Serves: 4
  • 1 bunch kale (preferably lacinato), tough stems removed, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Toss the kale with the olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Spread the kale in a baking dish and roast, tossing occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, until wilted and just starting to brown on the edges.
  3. Remove from the oven and squeeze the lemon over the kale, tossing to coat evenly. Serve warm.


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6 Thoughts on “Easy Roasted Kale

  1. Natalie Paramore on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 am said:

    This is one of my favorites! Love it!

  2. Looks wonderful Lauren! I love roasted kale that I’ve had at other people’s home but have yet to try it in our own. Love the squeeze of lemon at the end.
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  3. Lauren,
    You will LOVE your Vitamix! We got one while living in Hawaii, after spending way too much money at Jamba Juice once we discovered that our son could drink fruits and veggies that would make him gag if they were whole (or cut up, or anything other than pureed in liquid form). It’s been going strong for over a dozen years. Well worth the price. Pain in the ass to clean if you make pizza dough, but pretty easy if you do overnight soaked waffles or pancakes.

    The kale? Looks marvelous and I will try the finish of fresh lemon juice.
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  4. Kale is one thing i’ve actually never tried, this recipe looks so easy though I have no excuses now! Thanks!
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  5. I’ve been doing some saving for a Vitamix. I can’t wait! I hope you let us know how it works out for you.
    Love your recipes. You’ve put me in the mood for some roasted kale with dinner tonight. Thanks!
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