Simple Summer Garden Kale

simple kaleOne of the best things about summer cooking is how simple it can be. With so many fresh ingredients abound, you don't need to do much to them to get a flavor filled dish. This is especially true when the ingredients come from your garden. Kale was one of the many things that we planted this spring and started enjoying over the last couple of weeks. I know there are an endless number of recipes online for kale, but I like to keep it very simple with some red onion and vinegar. It's also hard to get much cheaper than a side dish from your garden.

Cost:  The cost will very. If you are getting the kale from your garden, like me, the whole dish will cost $2-3. Kale is generally another $2-3 per bunch.

Quick tips: #1 I used a general leafy green kale, but try some of the other varieties available. You could also throw other greens into the mix.

#2Don't use the stems on the kale, they are tough and not as enjoyable as the leaves.

Dietary Classifications: Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian


3 c of Kale leaves removed from stems and roughly chopped
1 small Red Onion chopped
3 cloves of Garlic minced
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar


Start by getting a little bit of carmelization on your red onion. Preheat a skillet over medium heat, add a small drizzle of olive oil and add your onion. Season with a pinch of salt and let the Carmel color begin. You should stir occasionally to make sure the onion doesn't burn. Let it cook for 15-20 minutes.

Now add in your garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant.

Make sure your kale is rinsed and dry, now add it to your pan. Season with salt and pepper and let it wilt slightly. You don't want it to cook down too much, so I would cook it for 5 minutes or less.

During this time, melt in your butter and mix in your balsamic vinegar. Let it all come together for a couple of minutes and you are done. Quick, simple and fresh.