Kale With Caramelized Onions and Garlic

"A quick and simple side dish made with an amazing vegetable."
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  • Heat oil in large pan.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic.
  • Sauté until onions are clear and begin to caramelize. Stir often. Do not allow garlic to burn.
  • Add torn kale.
  • Toss with onions and garlic.
  • Cook until kale is wilted.
  • Sprinkle with a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar if desired.
  • (Thanks reviewers for reminding me of removing the stems!).

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  1. riffraff
    We love Kale at our house. This is a good way to fix it. So many people are unfamiliar and therefore afraid to try it. GO FOR IT! Great source of vitimins and tastes good too.
  2. TasteTester
    I had some leftover kale from a soup I made and was looking for a recipe to use it up. I'm glad I tried this one -- it is SO good. I carmelized the onions for about 10 minutes, added the garlic and cooked for another 2 minutes, and then added the kale (stems removed). I also added a little water to the pan which helped the kale wilt. I used white balsamic vinegar as the finishing touch. Your recipe is quick, easy, healthy, and most of all -- really delicious. We loved it and will be making it again.
  3. Noor.Khalid
    Excellent! Since I love the taste of carmelized onions, I decided to use one whole one and it added great flavor. I also felt that that the recipe benefited from the addition of salt (just a pinch or three) and a few splashes of Mrs. Dash seasoning. But what really made the dish was the addition of balsamic vinegar at the end--it really enhances the taste of the kale and is not to be missed. If you're trying to add more greens to your diet or just looking for a quick and tasty side dish, try this recipe!
  4. Vicky D
    Yum. Def a keeper. The balsamic vinegar really made the dish. I added in a little black pepper to the dish too.
  5. Margot  Felini
    A nice, quick recipe. For meat-eaters, I'd add a tasty meat such as bacon or sausage to give it a little more flavor. And yes, don't forget to remove the stems.


  1. DiZzY
    I add a tiny bit of water, a pinch of salt or dash of white wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar and it always turns out wonderfully! Great vegan side!
  2. drhousespcatcher
    I made a variation of this. Fantastic with a good flavor esp if you let it sit for a day or so. I used broth instead of oil.


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