Kale Frittata – A Healthy Breakfast Casserole

by Kirsten on October 14, 2012 · 43 comments

in Breakfast, Main Dishes, Misc. Savory Dishes, Starters, Starters & Sides


I finally found the perfect source to purchase eggs, lucky me! A local friend of my daughter’s riding instructor has lots of chickens and way too many eggs for her and her husband to eat all by themselves. Their chickens are spoiled with an insulated chicken house and heating lamps, so they stay cozy during cold winter nights. The animals receive excellent feed, which you can see in the color of the dark yellow egg yolk and the extremely hard shell. I am now on the weekly egg delivery list and with my very first batch I made frittata; to be specific, kale frittata with fresh Parmesan cheese and spicy pepperoni.

My family loves this kale frittata and they are always happy when they see it on the menu. It is simple and quick to prepare, but also a very healthy and hardy meal. Perfect for breakfast or dinner. Enjoy!

Kale Frittata - A Healthy Breakfast Casserole
5.0 from 5 reviews
Recipe type: main, entree, breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
  • 8 large organic eggs
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch organic Kale or Red chard (about 10 ounces), stems and center ribs cut away, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces pepperoni or thinly sliced Italian spicy salami, cut into ½-inch pieces (about ⅔ cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Whisk all the eggs, 1½ tablespoons cheese, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in large bowl.
  3. Heat olive oil in medium nonstick broiler-proof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender but not brown, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add Kale/ Red chard in 3 batches; toss until each begins to wilt before adding next. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until any liquid in skillet evaporates. Increase heat to medium-high; add salami and garlic to skillet and stir 1 minute. Add eggs to skillet; stir to distribute evenly. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until eggs are almost set but still moist in center, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1½ tablespoons cheese over top.
  5. Transfer frittata to broiler and cook just until set in center and beginning to brown, about 1 minute.
  6. Using flexible spatula, loosen frittata around edges. Slide frittata out onto platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Gemma Hudson February 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hi Kirsten,
I’ve only recently discovered the super food kale and was looking for some recipe inspiration – so thank-you! I cooked up your lovely frittata for breakfast this morning – delicious!
I’m in the infant stages of setting up my own healthy lifestyle blog. How would you feel if I did a featured post on this very recipe, giving you full credit and links back to your website?
Let me know,


Kirsten February 7, 2014 at 7:07 am

Hi Gemma, You are very welcome to use this recipe for a blog post. It would be nice if you would stay within the copyright laws. That means, please write your own directions for the recipe and feature your own pictures. I am glad you like the kale frittata. Best of luck with your new blog. Kirsten

Gemma Hudson February 7, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Perfect! Yes, I’ll stick to those guidelines. Thanks so much.

Anjali September 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

Love the pictures , will try the recipe soon

Kerry September 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Why do you choose coarse salt?

Kirsten September 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Kerry, that’s what I usually have on hand.

Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am all over this for breakfast this weekend. I have so much kale in my garden and this would be the perfect way to use it!

Lauren June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This looks like a delicious recipe! Is there an ingredient I can use instead of the cheese? I have several family members who are lactose intolerant and and I would love to make this recipe for them, dairy-free.

Kirsten July 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

Lauren, maybe some of these cheese substitutes would work: http://www.veganstore.com/category/vegan-cheese-and-dairy-alternatives

kati @ knitbabies June 7, 2013 at 5:59 am

i’ve been obsessed with kale lately–especially with my eggs in the morning. this looks like the perfect recipe for me. thank you for sharing!

KathyS May 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

Oh, Yum, this sounds delicious!!!! Memorial Day weekend is very bust around here and I make all sorts of “fridge food” to heat in microwave as everybody comes and goes. I need to go get some kale but I have everything else and will try this tomorrow (Saturday)… Thanks for the new dish!!!

Jenifer May 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

What is the caloric/fat/sodium count for this dish?

Kirsten May 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Jenifer, I am sorry. I am not providing this info on my blog with my recipes. There are programs on the net that help you to convert the ingredients list. Hope that helps. Thanks for contacting me. Kirsten

Suzi April 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

This was absolutely wonderful! My daughter has gestational diabetes and this was a wonderful use of all protein without carbs!

Tina April 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

I have made this frittata twice now, once with spicy salami and today with cherry tomatoes instead, and it has been amazing both times! Kale is so intimidating to cook with but this recipe is simple but wonderful. Thank you so much!

Kirsten April 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

All vegetarian with the tomatoes, LOVING IT!! I am very happy you like this recipe, too. You know, my teens are thrilled when this frittata is on the dinner menu. For me that says it all.

Earline Surratt February 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

This look wonderful…I find the more I eat healthy …the more I healthy I want….thanks for sharing….Send me the receipt…..

Ellie January 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I made this the other day (but in the oven) and it was fabulous. Thanks for the recipe!

Carol February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I want to try this in the oven since I really don’t have a pan that can go from stovetop to broiler. What temperature and how long did you bake this for?

Paul December 30, 2012 at 9:23 am

I really enjoyed this recipe, thanks.

I did a bit of improv since I didn’t have any salami.
Instead I diced some chorizo and sauteed that for a while, let it cool then added it to the egg mix along with the kale.
I also sauteed small cubes of potato, in the same pan the chorizo was cooked in, and added 1tsp smoked paprika, before adding that too.

Brittany Sage October 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Hi! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I made it this morning and it is So good! It is my first frittata! My husband and I love Kale and I wanted to share his recipe for this yummy kale salad with you! http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/02/07/kale-salad/

Carlos October 19, 2012 at 2:57 am

I am not a Kale person; but, this looks great! Frittatas are very close to my heart… Potato frittata specially or “Tortilla Espanola” how my mother referred it by name.
Wonderful pictures!

Sivie October 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Deine Frittata sieht sehr lecker aus. Kannst du sagen was für eine Sorte Kohl du verwendest. Sieht ja anders aus, als unser Grünkohl.

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

So healthy, and frittata looks so beautiful on your photos!

Ashley October 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm

This looks amazing… I can’t get enough of kale these days! So good.

Sue/the view from great island October 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Great recipe, and beautifully photographed. I had my first fresh eggs about a year ago and couldn’t get over the difference. I have trouble finding them, though.
My husband was just telling me he wanted to buy kale, and then your post pops up! Perfect timing…

Susan October 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I made a frittata this week too! I must say the kale looks wonderful and I know what my next one will be (sans the pepperoni, though). XOXO

Dominic October 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

absolutely stunning!… I want this NOW… really love the pictures… at first I thought there was smoked salmon in there, which would be lovely, but I see that it is indeed sausage, which is even better… gorgeous!

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