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Sweet Braised Kale with Apples and Nuts

Admittedly, I have never been a huge fan of cooked vegetable side dishes.

I would normally choose a fresh salad or crudités over cooked veggies.

This Sweet Braised Kale, however, has stolen my heart.

Braising is the most delightful way to cook greens like Kale.

Without over-cooking and creating mushy greens, braising tenderizes the leaves and adds flavor.

In this recipe, the kale is paired with the sweet flavors of apples and apple cider.

The toasted nuts add a bit of crunch and texture, keeping every bite sweet and delicious.

These sweet, flavor filled greens are easy to eat on their own.

It makes an excellent side dish, easily paired with a simple meat dish or pasta.

Because it has been such a big hit at my house, even with the kids, I’m adding it to our Thanksgiving Menu too!

These greens are also delicious paired with a thick slice of crusty bread for an easy, healthy appetizer.

Cooked vegetables like this always look, well, pretty green, if you know that I mean.

The first bite will convert you though, I promise.

This Sweet Braised Kale is unexpectedly good and I don’t doubt it will steal your heart too.  Enjoy!

Sweet Braised Kale with Apples and Nuts

Sweet Braised Kale with Apples and Nuts

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Sweet Braised Kale is unexpectedly good and I don’t doubt it will steal your heart too.  Enjoy!


  • 1 large bunch of curly kale, washed and destemmed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium honey crisp apple, grated (unpeeled is fine)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar


  1. Tear the washed, de-stemmed kale leaves into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the walnuts and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the grated apple and sauté for another 3 minutes or until the apple begins to soften. Sprinkle sugar over the apple and walnuts, stirring to coat. Add the kale leaves and sauté over medium heat until the leaves begin to turn bright green.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cider and tamari. Pour into skillet and cover tightly. Cook for 5 minutes, or until greens are tender. Leaves should be green and tasty, not bitter when done. Toss with teaspoon of cider vinegar and serve.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 143Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 15mgSodium 366mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 2g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Tasty and easy dish that disappeared in a flash - thank you. Is the cider vinegar supposed to be added at the very end? And if so, all 3 teaspoons or to taste?


Wednesday 15th of February 2017

I would contact the original author of the recipe, former contributor Allison from


Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Very nice ingredient combination,Allison. I've been looking for some light kale dish to make during this crazy heat wave, and this just might be it ;)

Crystal H.

Sunday 18th of May 2014

This was amazing. Since the first time I found your recipe I've made it twice. Both times substituting the apple cider for apple sauce because that's what I had on hand. Delicious!Thank you.


Tuesday 29th of October 2013

This was really good. A bunch of non-vegetable lovers scarfed it up.


Thursday 24th of October 2013

I love braising greens...the apples look like a great addition!