Lemon Garlic Kale

Lemon Garlic Kale

Lemon Garlic Kale is packed with nutrients!  If you are asking yourself-  How do I cook Kale?  This is it!  This easy way of preparing this super food will have you eating more kale and never looking back.


I had dinner the other night with my friend Marilyn and our hubbys at Limones in Asheville.  The two boys ordered a steak with kale on the side.  Neither of them are huge fans of greens, but both really liked this super flavorful version.  Marilyn set out to recreate the Kale dish for her family and was kind enough to share the recipe with me.  Her hubby and toddler both ate large servings of her version and I made it for dinner at my house it is was also a hit.

Point of the story my friends.
How do I cook Kale?

Like this!


Kale comes in these super easy to use bags these days.  Open up the bag and take any big stems you see out.  There should not be many because you are paying a little extra for the fancy bag.


Now here is where Marilyn’s secret comes in.   Before you start cooking the Kale you massage it.  Yes, like you are going to the spa, massage it.  Marilyn and I both think this makes the finished product a little softer and less bitter.


And also remember the big bag of Kale really cooks down like spinach!  So don’t be afraid to make it all at once.


5 from 2 votes
Lemon Garlic Kale
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Lemon Garlic Kale is a flavorful and delightful way to cook this super food! You may never try another way again.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Wunder
  • 16 oz bag of Kale
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon if you like less garlic
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes less if you are sensitive to hot food
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Remove any large stems from kale.
  2. Massage kale for about one minute.
  3. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot under medium high heat.
  4. Add Kale and put lid on pot for one minute.
  5. Add water to pot, stir kale and put lid back on.
  6. Reduce to medium heat and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. The kale should be getting softer.
  7. Push back kale so you have a clear area at the bottom on the pot. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté the garlic until fragment but not burnt.
  8. Stir well and add the salt. Adjust for personal taste.
  9. Mix in the lemon and balsamic vinegar before serving.


By | 2018-06-28T14:19:25-04:00 September 11th, 2014|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes|9 Comments


  1. Susanna @Zealous Mom September 13, 2014 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Yum! This looks so delicious. I love, love kale. Pinned!

  2. Jamielee September 12, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried it yet but I love kale and this sounds amazing….

  3. Ginni Terhune September 12, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Julie. I’ve had Kale juiced and baked but never like this. I love that this takes less than 10 minutes & all I need to get at the store is the bag of kale!

  4. Jaime September 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I so want to try this. I also want to attempt growing kale this fall. Surely it’ll grow with the cooler temps…right?

    • JulieWunder September 12, 2014 at 8:44 am - Reply

      I bet it will grow now that it is not super hot. Let me know if it does! I’ve also heard swiss chard is beautiful to grow.

  5. Esther September 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Love your recipes!!!! Any chance that the Calorie count will be shown on your ingredients sheet in the future???. Just a suggestion I had.


    • JulieWunder September 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Esther! I’ll have to see if I can do that in an easy way. Thank you for the suggestion.

  6. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 11, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

    I’m not normally a big lemon flavor fan, but I know kale can be quite acidic in taste, so I bet the lemon helps cut down on that. Plus, garlic makes everything perfect!

    • JulieWunder September 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Yeah- just a little really cuts into the bitter kale flavor.

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