Veggie Resolution #13: Sweet & Savory Dino Kale

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One of the more intriguing vegetables from my CSA pick-up was dino kale.  I had previously made kale chips from curly kale, but I wanted to try something different with this reptilian variety.  I found this recipe for sweet and savory kale particularly appealing for its cranberries and sliced almonds – the result? True to name, sweet and savory (duh!).

You will need:

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups stemmed, torn and rinsed kale
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard, sugar, vinegar, and chicken stock, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the kale, cover, and cook 5 minutes until wilted. 

2. Stir in the dried cranberries, and continue boiling, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced by about half, and the cranberries have softened, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sliced almonds before serving.


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  • Reply
    August 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Hey Serena,

    I reaaalllyyy want to like Kale, so I will try this one (sans cranberries, substitute Splenda for sugar). How did you like it?

    Mike Miller

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      August 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I liked it, but if you’re ambivalent about kale, I think I like kale chips even better!

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Love kale! And I love the name “Dino” – reminds me of the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones cartoons. I’ll have to try this recipe 🙂

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I haven’t tried kale yet. It looks so healthy! Fine. I’ll try it.

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    August 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    HUGE kale fan! I would definitely try this recipe if I weren’t allergic to almonds. 😉 I wonder if it’d be good with cashews?

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      August 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Probably! I’d be interested to hear what you think of it with cashews!

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    August 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    how funny–i am eating farro with kale as i read this! this recipe sounds yummy, i will have to try it!

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    August 5, 2011 at 3:59 am

    the kale look so rich and your finished dish always looks good 🙂 i’m not that big a fan of kale, but am open to trying it as different meals.

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook
    August 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Kale is one of my favorite bitter greens: It’s so delicious and versatile. This is a really interesting spin on it — the cranberries are a really nice sweet touch.

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    August 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I just picked up Dino kale at the farmers market on Monday and made some kale and cannelloni bean soup with it, but this looks a lot more interesting.

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    March 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    This site is like a clsosroam, except I don’t hate it. lol

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