It might not be the most popular thanksgiving side dish, but it just might be mine and it sure was a popular one at our annual Thanksgiving party last weekend. I honestly didn’t expect it to be a huge hit, but I knew that myself (and some others) would appreciate some green food alongside the sea of beige turkey and mashed potatoes. And if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s always bring a healthy option, no matter where you are going. That way you’ll always have something healthy to munch on.

I love kale because it is delicious, but I also love the nutritional profile it has. It’s high in vitamin K, A and C, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anti-cancer nutrients. And that in itself is something to be thankful of this holiday season.

Sauteed Kale - 8-10 servings

  • 4 bunches of kale (I used a combination of green & purple)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Wash and cut kale into 2″ pieces, removing tough center stem.

Mince garlic.

Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in large saute pan. When oil is hot, add 1/2 of the kale and 1/2 of the garlic. Season with salt and toss greens until wilted. Set kale aside and repeat with remaining ingredients.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    I think kale is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish! Looks delicious!


  2. Mary
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    This is one of those dishes that I absolutely crave. Thanks for the post!


  3. kate
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    i love the idea of a thanksgiving party. and kale is such a nutritional all star. making it for thanksgiving is a nice to ensure the health of your friends and family :)


  4. Mo@MommyRD
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    I love kale and think it would be a beautiful side dish at any holiday gathering.


  5. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    i’ve never seen purple kale before – gorgeous!


  6. Taster
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 10:09 am



    • Emily
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 10:18 am



  7. Trish
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    You’re right – it might not be popular Thanksgiving fare, but it’s much needed to wash down all those carbs and turkey. Looks great to me.


  8. emily
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 2:38 pm



    • Emily
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

      testing reply


  9. Susan
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    This is definitely a fall-looking dish! I love this as a side for Thanksgiving. A welcome change to the usual if you ask me!


  10. Emily @ For Sweets Sake
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    I never even thought about making anything with kale until I started readying health food blogs, now I love it. sauteed kale or baked kale is one of our favorite go-to dinner sides.


  11. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    I love kale, and I love seeing something healthy on the Thanksgiving table – a little green refuge! This year I think I’m going for brussels sprouts, but this kale looks awesome too.


  12. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    I just tried kale for the first time a few months ago and loved it! However, I never knew there is purple kale which makes it even awesomer.


  13. sophia
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 1:25 am

    If I saw that at the Thanksgiving table, I would be first to reach for it! And smear some cranberry sauce on top. :-)


  14. Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    I’ve also been cooking with kale a fare bit lately, it’s just so versatile and nutritious!


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