Kale has risen from an underutilized green to one of the trendiest ingredients on menus everywhere. You'll read about how you need to blend it into your morning green smoothie, use it as a base for your lunchtime salad or massage the leaves lovingly before adding them to your dinner recipe (yes, your kitchen is now a spa for vegetables). But long before kale became the "it" food—about 2,000 years ago, to be exact—it was already being cultivated around the world. Whether you want to jump on the kale bandwagon or just want to use this ingredient to switch up your greens game, F&W's guide offers the best recipe ideas for your next health-conscious meal.

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Our 30 Best Kale Recipes and Ideas

In recent years, kale has become one of the trendiest ingredients and certainly the most hyped vegetable at the farmer’s market. But that isn't the reason we think you should eat it. We're into kale because it’s healthy—rich in vitamins K, C, A and B6—and it's delicious in all kinds of recipes. To celebrate kale season (it's at its peak in October, but is available all fall and beginning of winter), we're here with 30 days worth of our best kale recipes. From upgraded versions of the classic kale salad to inventive creations like chickpeas and kale in spicy pomodoro sauce and gluten-free pizza with sausage, kale and red onion, we've got every kind of dish you might be craving. So go out and get yourself a bunch of kale (or a bunch of bunches) and start cooking.

Savory Kale Salad

At Dovecote Café in Baltimore, chef Amanda Mack looks to superlocal farms to create her seasonal salads, like this kale and roasted pumpkin one, which is dressed with a nutty chipotle-yogurt dressing. Slideshow: More Kale Salad Recipes

Kale Salad

The ultra popular green kale is an ideal salad base. Here, browse through some of our favorite recipes, including a baby kale and steak salad, a kale salad with ricotta salata, pine nuts and anchovies and a cabbage-and-kale slaw with toasted yeast dressing.

Kale-and-Shiitake Fried Rice

This comforting, vegetable-packed rice is infused with ginger. It’s best made with day-old rice to absorb all the flavorings.     Slideshow: One-Bowl Rice Dishes

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Kale Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pine Nuts & Anchovies

Silverton is renowned for the obsessive attention she pays to her salads. The key to her kale salad is the layering of many ingredients so that there’s something delicious in every forkful. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes

Kale Caesar with Fried Chickpeas

This tangy Caesar salad from F&W’s Justin Chapple is topped with light, airy and supercrunchy pan-fried chickpeas. Slideshow: More Chickpea Recipes

Penne with Kale and Feta Cheese

Add some color and flavor to your next pasta dinner with kale and feta cheese. Slideshow: More Delicious Kale Recipes