A loaf of kale herb soda bread recipe with slices cut out
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Kale Herb Soda Bread

Kale makes this herb soda bread bright green, plus it adds health benefits and makes it lovely and moist. This easy no yeast, no knead bread is full of flavour. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish, Western
Servings: 10
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Kate Hackworthy | Veggie Desserts


  • 150 g kale leaves woody stalks discarded
  • 400 g plain flour (all purpose), plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs (such as oregano, basil and thyme)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 300 ml buttermilk or 300ml milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice stirred in and left to sit for 5 mins


  • Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 and grease a baking sheet with a little oil or line it with baking paper.
  • Tear the kale leaves into bite sized pieces and boil or steam them for a few minutes until tender. Refresh by running under cold water to cool, then drain, squeeze out any excess moisture and puree to a paste with a hand blender.
    Note: Kale can be fibrous, so if necessary add a little of the buttermilk to aid pureeing.
  • Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, herbs, sea salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl, adding any sifted out herbs or salt back to the bowl, and make a well in the middle.
  • Stir the pureed kale into the buttermilk, then add it to the well in the dry mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a sticky dough.
  • With floured hands, pat the dough into a ball and flatten slightly, then place on the baking sheet.
  • Cut a deep cross across the top with a knife and sprinkle it with a little flour.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and tapping the bottom of the soda bread makes a hollow sound. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


  • Make it vegan: use non-dairy milk with 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice instead of buttermilk
  • Make it gluten-free: use gluten free plain flour


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1500IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3.1mg