Lemon Garlic Kale

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
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.