Salsa-Braised Kale

Salsa-Braised Kale

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine September/October 2011

Braising kale in salsa and topping it with cheese makes a delightful side dish for your favorite Mexican meal. Different brands of salsa have varying amounts of sodium. Sometimes prepared fresh salsa is the lowest.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch kale, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped (about 16 cups; see Notes)
  • 1 cup store-bought salsa, preferably fresh
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup crumbled or shredded Cotija cheese (see Notes) or Mexican-style cheese


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  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add kale and toss until bright green, about 1 minute. Stir in salsa and water. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese.
  • Notes: Choose organic kale when possible. Nonorganic can have high pesticide residue.
  • Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is a salty aged Mexican cheese with a crumbly texture. Find it near other specialty cheeses or at Mexican grocery stores.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1/2 cup
  • Per serving: 161 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 22 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 9 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 38548 IU vitamin A; 118 mg vitamin C; 260 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 459 mg sodium; 649 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (771% daily value), Vitamin C (197% dv), Calcium (26% dv), Potassium (19% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 2

March 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty and satisfying Looking for a quick side dish that is appealing to most tastes. I loved how easy it was to make and I won't even need to refer back to the recipe to make again. I used feta cheese because I had that and it went well with this. My house prefers cooked kale and this made the kale soft for the most part. Good days later, too. I would add more salsa as I ate it. Top of list currently for my use of kale. Pros: Simple, few ingredients, healthy
September 15, 2011
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By: noreciperequired
Try with bacon.... I really love kale, but have not paired it with salsa. I'll give it a try...I almost always add some bacon to mine & not sure i can give that up!