Sautéed kale tossed with bacon is a crazy simple side dish that comes together fast.
It’s time to up my kale game. Today I’m lightly sautéing my fresh-picked kale in butter, oil and garlic. Then comes a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of crunchy bacon. This is now John’s favorite kale recipe. No wonder — I’ve topped it with crispy bacon!
What are the health benefits of kale?
I could go on and on about how healthy kale is. It’s an excellent source of A, C and K vitamins, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. If you’ve been on the fence about joining the kale craze, this recipe might convince you. Not only is it super healthy, it delivers with the freshest flavor and tastiest crunch of bacon.
I grow sweet red Russian kale in my garden, but have tried several varieties available at the store and farmer’s market. Sweet delicate Lacianto kale, peppery curly green kale, or rich red curly kale would all work in this side dish depending on your taste preferences. The red Russian kale was absolutely delicious, and I savored every crunchy forkful.
Kale can tend to be a bit bitter in flavor, but this bitterness is tamed by washing it well and how you cook it. Are you ready? I’ve got Peter, my photographer, with me to take you through each easy step.
The ingredients are simple. You probably have them right there in your kitchen. Kale, bacon, garlic, butter, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Instructions with step by step images
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First, pick your kale (either from your garden or from the store). Wash the leaves, tear them from the stems, wash again, and set aside.
Next, cook your bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels and chop into bacon bits. Put the bacon bits aside for a crunchy topping later on.
Smash the garlic either with a garlic press or with the flat side of a knife. Add the garlic to a large skillet with the oil and butter.
Heat until fragrant while the butter melts.
Add the kale and toss.
Cover and cook for about 1 minute.
Remove the top, stir the kale around one more time, and transfer to a serving dish.
Now for a pop of flavor, add a splash of balmy balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with the crispy bacon bits. Mmm.
This is the perfect side dish as sautéed kale tossed with bacon goes with everything! And I can’t get over how tasty this superfood is. Enjoy!
Love kale? Try these recipes
Autumn kale salad : This messaged kale salad is topped with apple slices, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and goat cheese. Yum.
Marinated grilled chicken with sauteed kale and spinach: This chicken is extra-juicy and ultra-flavorful, super light and healthy. And, best of all, it’s incredibly quick and easy to prepare.
Turkey tenderloin stuffed with kale and goat cheese: This is an elegant dish and actually simple to prepare. You’re going to love this meal.
Sautéed Kale Tossed With Bacon
- Cook your bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Smash your garlic and add with oil and butter to a large skillet. Heat until fragrant while butter melts.
- Add kale and toss. Cover and cook for about 1 minute. Uncover, stir around and transfer to a serving dish.
- Add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Chop bacon for crunchy topping and toss with kale.