Sauteed Kale with Lemon and Garlic

Sauteed kale with lemon and garlic on a plate

Kale. It’s bitter, bulky, and too fibrous to chew. Despite its popularity, kale can be quite hard to learn how to love. But I swear a little tender-loving care can take care of kale’s flaws. That’s why I love this simple sauteed kale with lemon and garlic recipe. The salt and lemon juice cut the bitterness, while the garlic adds a sweet and savory taste.

Continue reading to learn how to enjoy kale with this super easy sauteed kale with lemon and garlic.

Sauteed kale with lemon and garlic on a plate


  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • 1 Garlic Bulb
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Directions for Sauteed Kale

  1. Rinse bunch of garlic well, and remove it from the stalk. Tear kale leaves into large pieces and place in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pour over kale and toss in the bowl until well incorporated. Using tongs will help you toss it well, but nothing works better than your hands :).
  2. Crush and chop garlic cloves and dice the onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add garlic and onions. Saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add kale, and saute until tender, about 5-10 minutes. I personally enjoyed sauteing it for only 5 minutes, so it was easier to chew but not soft. Cooking it longer will make it softer and wet, which some people enjoy more. Cooking it too long may result in a bitter taste.

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