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Steamed Kale

With this good-for-you steamed kale, it's easy to eat healthy and get out of the kitchen quick. A wonderful accompaniment to most any entree, it is packed with vitamins and is a snap to prepare. I use garlic, red pepper and balsamic vinegar for this side dish that keeps my family coming back for more! —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  • Trim kale, discarding the thick ribs and stems. Chop leaves. In a Dutch oven, saute kale leaves in oil until wilted. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the water, salt and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 61 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • hkpepin
    Jun 19, 2016

    One of my favorite ways to eat kale. I first had this recipe at my grandmother's house as my introduction to kale and I've never looked back. I'm not a huge balsamic vinegar fan so I generally just use a splash of white vinegar instead. It's delicious!

  • Kartay
    Jan 8, 2016

    Not my favourite flavours ever. A bit too bitter or pronounced a taste for my palette. I think the flavours of the kale and the vinegar together are a bit much. Maybe if I'd cooked this dish a little longer than the suggested time I would have liked it more.

  • triedthat
    Jul 15, 2015

    I just wanted a side veggie to serve with rice and a protein. I tasted it before I added the balsamic vinegar and it was good, however after I added the vinegar it tasted sour! Leave out the vinegar!

  • apschwartz
    Mar 27, 2014

    I've made this several times and each time it's a huge success! I like to splash mine with a raspberry vinegar at the end of cooking.

  • Carla December
    Oct 10, 2012

    I loved this! I added a little honey in the mix, just a drizzle based on what it was being topped with, but absolutely awesome. Thank you. :)

  • jmkasprak
    May 4, 2012

    I ran out of fresh garlic, so I sauteed an onion instead, and the recipe tasted great!

  • mikaela.e.smith
    Aug 2, 2011

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  • WendyEden
    Apr 11, 2011

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  • yk3379
    Mar 18, 2011

    It was easy and delicious.

  • MBilllman
    Apr 22, 2010

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