Healthy Side Dish: Lemon Kale with Walnuts

If you’re looking for a healthy side dish to add to your weeknight table or Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, I definitely have one for you. Lemon-Walnut Kale only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and it’s full of fresh vitamins, protein and so many health benefits. Kale is super healthy with more iron than beef, and it’s loaded with calcium, fiber, omega-3 acids and more. It’s said to have detoxifying properties, cancer and heart disease fighting properties and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Just cook it like you would spinach, and top it with your favorite ingredients. It’s going on my holiday table menu this year for sure.

Lemon Kale with Walnuts

Cook Time:

5 minutes

Prep Times:

10 minutes


4 servings


2 tablespoons olive oil
10 ounces kale
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
1/3 cup created Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add kale, lemon zest, salt and lemon juice; sauté 5 minutes or until slightly wilted. Top with walnuts and cheese before serving, if desired.

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