Easy Garlic Kale is a healthy and flavorful side dish that pairs beautifully with a variety of main courses. This recipe is simple, quick, and a great way to enjoy the nutritious benefits of kale.


  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes for a spicy kick
  • Optional: A squeeze of lemon juice or a dash of apple cider vinegar for acidity
  • Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Rinse the kale leaves thoroughly and pat them dry. Remove the stems and roughly chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté for about 1 minute, or until it becomes fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Add the chopped kale to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes if using. Toss the kale with the garlic and oil until the leaves are well coated.
  5. Sauté the kale for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leaves are wilted and tender. If the kale starts to stick to the pan, you can add a splash of water.
  6. Once the kale is cooked, remove the pan from heat. If desired, add a squeeze of lemon juice or a dash of apple cider vinegar for some added zing.
  7. Serve the kale warm, and if desired, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top for added flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 80-100
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Protein: 3g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 2-4

Easy Garlic Kale is a quick and nutritious dish that’s full of flavor. It’s a versatile side that can complement many meals, from grilled meats to pasta dishes. Kale’s robust texture and health benefits make this an excellent choice for a wholesome addition to your diet. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this garlic-infused kale!

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