Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.
One of my favorite side dishes is garlic collard greens with bacon and vinegar. It’s a play on the collard greens that my grandmother makes and I tried a similar strategy with this kale recipe. And it turned out to be absolutely delicious. It’s such a savory, rich flavor that pairs well with nearly any protein.
A great benefit to eating kale is that kale is a superfood. It’s also a cruciferous vegetable—a food group that is widely recognized for helping to reduce the risk of cancer. It’s also rich in a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients, it’s anti-inflammatory and it contains anti-oxidant properties. All around, eating kale is a win.
I love kale—raw, juiced, sautéed, in my breakfast shake…I’ll eat it a variety of ways. This particular recipe is great for anyone that just can’t seem to appreciate the taste of kale in its raw form. Sauté it and cook it down and let the natural flavors and aromas lure you into loving this superfood side dish.
Also, please make sure that you get a good quality balsamic vinegar. It really makes a difference in the flavor and can take the taste to another level.
Ingredients: Serves 4 to 6
- Olive oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 16 cups of kale, roughly chopped (this is about 2 smaller bunches)
- Sea Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, plus more for garnish
- 1 cup of beef or chicken broth
- 2 Roma tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine, sliced into wedges (optional)
- Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Once hot add the onion and sauté until soft, but not translucent.
- Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add the kale and sauté with the garlic and onion, coating the leaves with oil as you stir. Feel free to add more oil if you need to prevent things from sticking. Season the kale with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to sauté, coating the leaves with the balsamic.
- Add the broth, cover and let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until the leaves are very soft and wilted.
- Remove the pan from heat and drizzle the kale with more balsamic vinegar, tossing to cover the leaves.
- Serve with tomato wedges if you like.