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Easy kale with bacon

Saute kale in bacon grease for a delicious side dish. It will get even those who don’t typically like green vegetables to eat their greens!

Number of servings: 6
Serving size: 1/6 of prepared recipe


4 bacon slices, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 bunches kale, stems cut away or peeled and leaves chopped into 1-inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon salt

Ground pepper to taste


Time needed: 15 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cook time

  1. Saute bacon in large pot over medium heat until crisp and brown. Remove bacon to paper towel. Set aside
  2. Remove bacon drippings from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon. Saute onion and garlic 2 minutes in bacon drippings.
  3. Add chopped kale to onion mixture. Cover and cook 10 minutes until kale wilts and is almost tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Season kale with salt and pepper. Cook uncovered until liquid has cooked away.
  5. Add bacon pieces and serve.

Nutritional information

Calories 92
Total Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 8 mg
Sodium: 221 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Total Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 5 g

Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

For a vegetarian healthier version of this recipe, leave out the bacon and saute onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Try Swiss chard in place of kale.

If you have leftovers, mix the cooked greens with cooked brown rice and eat as a salad or in a wrap. Cooked greens are also great mixed into scrambled eggs or served on pizza.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

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