Sautéed Garlicky Kale with Onions, Pine Nuts, and Craisins

I was recently sent The Leafy Greens Cookbook by Kathryn Anible. It’s filled with 100 creative and flavorful recipes starring kale, chard, spinach, bok choy, collards, and more. I found it to be informative about different types of greens and I have bookmarked several recipes that I can’t wait to make. I love the cookbook but do wish there were photos to accompany the recipes. I adapted this recipe to use what I had on hand which was kale instead of Swiss Chard, craisins instead of raisins, and by adding minced garlic.

I am trying to incorporate kale into our meals as often as possible by serving it as a side dish or in soups and pastas. I am hoping if I feed it to my husband and children enough, they will soon love it as much as I do. While both of my kids ate this kale, they weren’t that thrilled with it. They both liked the craisins and pine nuts in it but my son wasn’t happy about the onions. My husband and I both liked it a lot and thought the combination of flavors and textures was delicious. It paired nicely with the corn and chicken I served for dinner.

Soak the craisins in the hot water until plump, about 10 minutes. Make sure to reserve the water in which the craisins are soaked.

Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring often, until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant.

Add the olive oil to the sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until softened and golden brown. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the kale, plumped craisins, and reserved water  then cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until kale has wilted. Toss in the toasted pine nuts then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Enjoy.

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Sautéed Garlicky Kale with Onions, Pine Nuts, and Craisins

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp craisins
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 sweet yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups of kale, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Soak the craisins in the hot water until plump, about 10 minutes. Make sure to reserve the water in which the craisins are soaked.

Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring often, until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant.

Add the olive oil to the sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until softened and golden brown. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the kale, plumped craisins, and reserved water then cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until kale has wilted. Toss in the toasted pine nuts then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe in The Leafy Greens Cookbook by Kathryn Anible

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12 Responses to “Sautéed Garlicky Kale with Onions, Pine Nuts, and Craisins”

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    Susan — June 26, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Our kale is really coming on and I have been looking for different ways to dress it up! Thanks for this one, Pam!

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    Ridwan — June 27, 2013 @ 4:14 am

    I love all healthy recipe you posted here,perfect for light dinner :)

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    Jenn — June 27, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    I wish I could find a love for kale… I’ve tried it a few different ways and it’s just too bitter for me…. and that saddens me as I see some really good recipes with is… Including this one!!

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    Miriam — June 27, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Wow, it’s nice to find such simple recipes that highlight kale without drowning it in animal ingredients to make it taste good :)

    Cheers Pam!
    Miriam.

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    Joanne — June 27, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    I love your craisin inclusion!! Such a nice sweet touch.

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    Daniela — June 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Everthing in this salad sounds appealing to me.
    I love seasonal, fresh kale, raisins, pine nuts…a fresh and healthy summer treat.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 27, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Perfect timing for my kale harvest! Thank you so much! :)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — June 27, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Great healthy salad with good flavors. I live sweet and salty with the slight bitterness if kale.

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    Blond Duck — June 27, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    I’m suspicious of kale….

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 28, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    This is how I love my veggie stir-fry!

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    Chris — June 28, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    TIL there is such a thing as a craisin.

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    Rhonda — June 29, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Love the photos of this dish! This looks like a great mix of textures and flavors.

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