Sautéed Kale with Pecans

Sautéed Kale with Pecans

Kale is one of those foods that it takes effort for me to enjoy. I never jumped on the kale chip bandwagon and steamed kale just tastes too bland. Add some butter, maple syrup, and pecans though and now we’re talking.

I like this because it’s a simple, fast and delicious side dish. The less you wilt the kale the more vibrant the flavor and texture of it will be.

Sautéed Kale with Pecans Pan

I like pecans to add a nice crunch factor but you could really swap in any nuts or even croutons.

Sautéed Kale with Pecans

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 2 servings):

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups loose leaf cut kale
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped pecans

Sautéed Kale with Pecans pecans


  1. Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add in the kale and toss it in the melted butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the kale turns a deeper green and begins to wilt.
  3. Add in the salt, nutmeg, maple syrup, and pecans and toss together until mixed.
  4. Return to the stove for 20-30 seconds to heat. Serve hot.

Sautéed Kale with Pecans serving

Suddenly eating your vegetables isn’t so hard.

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2 Responses to Sautéed Kale with Pecans
  1. Katie
    November 5, 2012 | 9:33 am

    I have a big bunch of kale in my fridge, just begging to be turned in to this.

  2. Stephanie
    November 8, 2012 | 10:02 pm

    Yum! I can taste this now. Lunch tomorrow, I think!