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Garlic Bacon Kale Side Dish Recipe

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Garlic Bacon Kale is the healthy side dish you have been dreaming of. Minced garlic, onions, bacon, and kale give you the ultimate flavor combination. An easy side dish where kale is the showcase!

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Who says that eating healthy has to taste bad? This is one of the best-sauteed kale recipes ever! It’s easy to eat well when it tastes this good. I think you will enjoy my vegan Caesar salad with spicy roasted chickpeas too.

I used to be afraid to try kale because it has a bad name for being flavorless. Now it’s the first thing I reach for when I am craving something clean to eat. Try it! You won’t be disappointed. Learn how to prepare kale in a delicious and savory way.

🥓 Why You Should Make This Recipe

  • Packed with nutrients
  • Takes under 20 minutes to make
  • Great for all occasions
  • Only 5 ingredients
  • Flavorful
  • Easy
  • Inexpensive dish
  • Gluten-free side dish
  • Affordable
  • Great to pair with roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and more to add more dimension
  • Pair with a quinoa salad and a drizzle of lemon juice for a tasty lunch
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🧄 Ingredients

  • Kale
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
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🥬 How to Make Garlic Bacon Kale

1. Cook the diced bacon pieces and drain on a paper towel.

2. Sautee onions in skillet after removing bacon.

3. Add in the garlic and kale (try this kale tool!) to the skillet. Stir frequently until softened.

4. Top with cooked bacon and serve. Enjoy!

🍳 Expert Tips For Success

  • Before you begin cooking the kale, you will need to rinse it with cold water. Let it dry, then chop it. I like using a strainer to rinse.
  • You don’t need to save the stalks, and they can be thrown out. The stems aren’t very good and are tough, so you don’t want to leave them in the dish.
  • Drizzle with a little bit of maple syrup to add some sweetness if desired.
  • If you want to add some heat to the bacon and kale, add some chopped jalapenos or red pepper flakes. Otherwise, season with salt and pepper
  • This is great with roasted veggies.
  • Make sure your kale leaves are bright colors, fresh and not wilted.

👩‍🍳 Recipe FAQs

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Garlic Bacon Kale

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Garlic Bacon Kale that is sauteed on the stove to perfection. 5 simple ingredients, easy cook, and loaded with savory flavors and nutrients. An easy kale recipe for any night of the week.


  • 6 cups kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 6-8 slices of bacon, I used a thicker cut bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Start by dicing up your bacon into smaller pieces. Then you will toss them in a skillet over medium heat and cook until browned and fully cooked.
  2. Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the skillet and place it on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Now you can remove some of the bacon grease or leave it all in the pan. But you will then add in your onion and saute till softened. This takes 5 minutes roughly.
  4. White you bacon and the onions are cooking wash, and prep your kale. Toss in the pan with the onion and bacon grease along with the garlic.
  5. Cook for around 5 minutes or until the kale softens down to your preference. Then top with bacon and serve.


You are welcome to swap bacon with prosciutto, Canadian bacon, or any other type of meat. Or leave it out altogether.

You can cook your kale to your preference. The longer it cooks the more wilted it will become.

Salt and Pepper to Season to your liking.

This is a great side dish for a weeknight dinner or holiday side dish.

Add in some cooked diced sweet potatoes, quinoa to make it like a salad.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 435mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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Let me know how you like this cooked kale recipe! It is one of our favorites.

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