A simple sauteed kale with caramelized onions to win over the dark leafy green haters in your life!
I think I am in love. It seems so hard to believe I once hated dark greens. I still am averse to chard, and spinach has a weird texture for me…but kale? I just can’t seem to get enough of it when it is prepared well! And this sauteed kale with caramelized onions recipe is just that sort of recipe!
Kale chips are amazing, and this recipe? Totally different, but equally so. My mom and I had picked up some kale salad with caramelized onions at my local natural foods deli. We adored it, so it was only natural to try and recreate a sauteed kale recipe laced with caramelized onions to mimic this great find.
Even people who are averse to dark greens will likely enjoy this sauteed kale: so simple, but OH SO GOOD! And as far as nutrients go, you can’t get a more nutrient dense leafy green than kale, so go ahead…INDULGE!
Reasons to eat kale?
If you want to read about all the amazing reasons WHY you should be getting more of this wonder veggie into your gullet too, read this informative article!
But besides being good for you, this recipe is just darn delicious! So just consider it an especially convenient fact that is good for you too!
Easy ways to change this sauteed kale up!
While magical on its own, there are some great ways to change up the flavors a bit here. Some suggestions!
- cook some chopped bacon over low heat to render some of the fat out. Remove the crispy bacon pieces, then proceed with the recipe. Be sure to add the bacon back in at the end!
- mix in a teaspoon or two of Dijon mustard with the apple cider vinegar to toss in at the end!
- about five minutes before you finish cooking, throw in some chopped garlic. Alternately, you can infuse the oil oil with sliced garlic over low heat in the beginning o f the recipe, remove garlic slices before proceeding.
- chopped ham can be a savory addition too!
What kind of kale should I use to make this sauteed kale recipe?
While any variety of kale will do, my favorite is Lacinato or Dinosaur kale. Its flavor is more mild and ‘sweet.’
Curly kale is another option, as are endless varieties of kale found in the farmer’s markets!
Here are some additional simple vegetable sides you could try to win over your veggie hater!
- Caramelized Butternut Squash
- Vegan Kale Pesto
- Oven Baked Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
- Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Sauteed Kale W/ Caramelized Onions Recipe:
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Sauteed Kale w/ Caramelized Onions
Preheat a large skillet over low heat (my cast iron skillet is my favorite!)
Add the oil and heat gently.
Add the onion, stir to coat with oil, then saute for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This slow cooking over low heat sweetens the onions. You know they're ready when you taste one.....no pungent onion flavor, just luscious sweetness! This can take longer if your onions are thicker.
Add the kale on top along w/ 1-2 tablespoons water.
Increase the heat to medium and cover.
Steam the kale for about 5-10 minutes until the kale is wilted and tender. Remove the lid and stir to incorporate the onions.
Add some salt to taste. Sprinkle in the vinegar and pepper flakes and saute another minute or two to evaporate any leftover moisture.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Try not to eat the whole batch all to yourself!