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Braised and Raw Kale with Pine Nuts


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Braised and Raw Kale with Pine Nuts


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Braised and Raw Kale with Pine Nuts

This kale side dish seems a bit unusual at first, but the contrast of flavors and textures between the two kale preparations really does work well and it is a nice change from my usual, which is just sauteed with garlic.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min




  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale, trimmed and chopped (8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon, juice and zest


Toast the pine nuts in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove and set aside.

Using a 4 quart Dutch oven, saute onion in oil for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes.  Stir for 1 minute more then add 5 cups kale.  Stir to coat kale with oil and add then add 1/2 cup water or broth.  Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, chiffond or layer and slice thin the rest of the kale.  Toss in a bowl with the zest and juice of 1 lemon.

When ready to serve, mix the raw kale with the braised kale and top with pine nuts.  Enjoy.


Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 204
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Sodium: 61mg
  • Total Carbs: 19g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




5 Responses to Braised and Raw Kale with Pine Nuts

  1. I love kale! this recipe looks great.

  2. Love green leafy veggies with pine nuts and a little heat.

  3. Very interesting to pair the two versions of kale. I have tried kale all sorts of ways, but not this. Sounds too interesting a texture to miss.

  4. I have never tried a raw kale recipe but I like the way you combined the two.

  5. I love kale both cooked and raw but would never have thought to combine them. Sounds great!

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