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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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.



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; carbohydrates 22.2g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 7.9g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 8.7mg; vitamin a iu 38548IU; vitamin c 117.8mg; folate 36.7mcg; calcium 259.6mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 53.3mg; potassium 649.1mg; sodium 459.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 3 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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