Roasted Kale & Napa Cabbage

This recipe combines the mild flavour of napa cabbage with the smokey buttery crunchy flavour and texture of roasted kale. It is a great side dish to compliment lighter proteins like fish and chicken.

A plate of 2 chicken drum sticks with roasted kale.

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This was originally published in March 2018 and has since been updated to include more information, FAQs and updated pictures.

What I love the most about Roasted Kale are those crunchy pieces that when browned give off a great smoky and buttery flavour along with a great crispy texture.

If you follow my tips for making this roasted kale and napa cabbage dish I promise even if you haven’t been a kale fan before you will be soon.

I have to admit I am not a fan of kale in all forms.  I most certainly do not like Kale chips with all those seasonings.  For me all those seasonings seem a bit of overkill. Kale in my opinion is better when it is lightly seasoned and baked – keeping it simple.

A bowl of roasted kale and napa cabbage on a grey wood table with serving spoons

The first time I was introduced to this combination of kale and napa cabbage together was at my Cousin’s who invited us over for dinner. I was in love at first bite. Light, healthy, and a crispy smokiness. Yum! 

She served this dish alongside roasted salmon and it was the perfect combination. Chicken and other fish varieties also work really well with this side dish.

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ingredients you need:

Ingredients for roasted kale and napa salad.


  • Use the freshest kale and napa cabbage you can find. When kale sits in the fridge even within a day it tends to get limp. It is still fine to eat but makes it tougher to get the crunchy bits during the roasting process
  • Line the baking sheet with foil. Not only is it easier to clean up later but I find the foil helps the greens crisp up a bit faster
  • Since everyone’s oven is different for a little extra crunch on the kale turn on the broiler for the last minute or two of cooking to brown up the end of the kale a bit more… who doesn’t love more crunchy bits
  • If you can’t find napa cabbage, savoy cabbage will also do
A table with two plats of roasted napa cabbage with kale and some chicken on a grey wood table with a white napkin

how to remove the hard stem from kale:

The hard vein that runs in the centre of each kale leaf is tough and not very tasty. I like to remove this before chopping and roasting the kale.

To do so use a sharp knife and slice along each side of the vein in the centre. The vein gets wider as you move to the bottom of the leave so this will resemble a v-shape. Then slice piece hanging on at the top to remove an discard.

A close up of a bowl of roasted napa cabbage and kale

Storing roasted Kale & Napa cabbage:

This recipe is best right out of the oven to maintain the crispiness of the kale leaves but if you have leftovers you can store in a sealed container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

reheating methods:

  • Put back in the oven and set on broil for a few minutes to regain the crispiness for the kale. Watch it carefully though because it will brown quickly.
  • Reheat in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes depending on the amount leftover
  • Place the remaining kale and napa cabbage on the wire rack in an air-fryer at 375 F for 5 minutes.

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A bowl of roasted kale and napa cabbage on a grey wood table with serving spoons

Roasted Kale & Napa Cabbage

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
This roasted kale and napa cabbage recipe is a healthy and light side dish to chicken or fish.  The mild peppery flavour of the napa cabbage is a great compliment to the smokey and buttery flavour from the roasted kale and oh those crunchy kale bits….. yum!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 104 kcal


  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Knife
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1 bunch of kale chopped, stems removed
  • ½ large head of napa cabbage chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced or minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place the napa cabbage, kale, garlic, olive oil and sea salt on the lined baking sheet.
  • Mix by hand or with a spoon to evenly coat the napa cabbage and kale with the olive oil and salt.
  • Roast for 20 minutes turning the oven 2 broil for the last 2 minutes if needed to get some of the kale bits crunchy. Watch carefully to avoid burning. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 511mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 1.6mg


Savoy cabbage is a good replacement for napa cabbage
Removing the Kale Stems:
Using a sharp knife make a slice on each side of the centre of the stem/vein in the kale leaf.  Remove and discard.
21 Day Fix Container Count:
If following the 21 Day Fix Container System a serving of this recipe would be considered 1 green and 2 tsp.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love kale, but don’t make it often. This gives me a great excuse to make it soon- it looks delish!

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