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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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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 Facts

161 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 22.2g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.6g 23% DV; sugars 7.9g; fat 7.1g 11% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 8.7mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 38548IU 771% DV; vitamin c 117.8mg 196% DV; folate 36.7mcg 9% DV; calcium 259.6mg 26% DV; iron 2.6mg 14% DV; magnesium 53.3mg 19% DV; potassium 649.1mg 18% DV; sodium 459.1mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2015
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
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 http://tiny.cc/xe6d9 to mine & not sure i can give that up! Read More