Garlicky and Lemony No-Fail Kale

This stuff isn’t just a garnish, people. (…although I admittedly used to think so.) If Popeye only knew about this super veggie, he’d be singing a different song…one that rhymes with kale. I understand why kale recipes are everywhere. This leafy relative of broccoli and cauliflower is easy to prepare, can be eaten raw or cooked, is very versatile, and is loaded with oodles of vitamins and minerals. And did I mention it’s delicious?

Last night, I was tuckered out. I spent five hours gardening (not the casual, flower-picking, clean fingernail kind of gardening either). I hauled bags of soil, turned compost, pulled impossible weeds, planted flowers, sewed seeds, potted up, and then had to put all the stuff away. Dinner was the last thing I wanted to do, but we gotta eat, right?

I ended up making seared tiger prawns with Israeli couscous and (drumroll, please) kale. But ignore the first two parts of this meal; the kale stole the show. Fresh lemon, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, and sea salt turned this sturdy green veggie into a robust, bright, melt-in-your-mouth, amazing side dish. What’s more is that it took less than five minutes to make.


  • 1 pound organic kale, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (click here for a time saving tip)
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water


Place olive oil and garlic in a large skillet. Bring heat to medium.


Add the chopped kale to pan and give a good stir.


Add the water and place the lid on the pan. This will help steam and soften the kale.


Cut a fresh lemon and enjoy the smell.


Remove the lid after about a minute and squeeze the lemon juice into the pan (avoiding the seeds). Also add the red pepper flakes and sea salt. Stir again.


Once the majority of the water has evaporated, the kale is done. Magical, isn’t it?


Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.

That’s it. That’s really all. I promise.

Happy and healthful eating, everyone!


21 thoughts on “Garlicky and Lemony No-Fail Kale

  1. YUM! This looks very tasty. Kale’s one of my favorites too! Have you ever grilled it? It’s amazing. It gets this lovely, nutty flavor and a little crunch. I’m so excited, I have about eight heirloom varieties to plant this spring! Let me know if you need seeds, I have enough to share.

  2. Never thought about cooking kale. I always eat it raw in a salad.Sounds like something I would like. I will give it a try.

  3. Gardening, what’s that? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so in trouble for calling myself a gardener and not posting anything about gardening. In my defense, there hasn’t been a day the ground is not covered by snow this year. Love kale! Bring some over to Fiesta Friday! It’s a blog party I recently started. Would love for you to come and join us, Jenna! XOXO

  4. I’m addicted to kale! I must eat it at least four times a week. I LOVE the stuff. I prepare it similarly to your recipe – olive oil, garlic, pepper and sometimes lemon. I buy triple-washed, organic kale (at either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods), which makes the preparation so easy. I keep thinking my body must be craving it for some reason. It’s been my main food for nearly a year now!

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