Easy Sautéed Kale Recipe with Onions, Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar

Your tastebuds will throw a “vegetable party” following one bite of this delicious kale quickly sautéed with red onions and garlic and then finished with balsamic vinegar.   It’s hard to believe that you can create such big flavors using just 4 ingredients.  The star of this show is definitely the balsamic vinegar so don’t skip this step!  

Course Entree, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Red Onion (about 2 tbsp) Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Cloves Smashed and Diced
  • 4-6 Cups Raw Kale Chopped
  • Maldon Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar


  1. Heat oil in non-stick pan over medium to medium-low heat.  Once hot, add onion and season with salt & pepper until onion is softened and begins to sweat (3-4 mins)

  2. Reduce heat to low and add diced garlic, season with salt & pepper and saute (stirring constantly to prevent burning) until frangrant (30 secs - 1 min)

  3. Add chopped kale and season with salt and pepper.  Using tongs, gently turn the kale into the onion & garlic mixture.  Turn the heat back up to medium and cook until kale has completely wilted but is a mixture of dark and bright green (4 - 6 minutes).  Don’t kill the kale and cook it for hours as you ruin the texture and disrupt the nutrients.  Also, it’s important to note that you only need to stir the kale occasionally, not constantly.  Keep a close eye on the pan as garlic burns quickly. 

  4. Once the kale has wilted, pour in vinegar.  Turn the heat to high and saute until the moisture evaporates (Don’t skip this step as the vinegar is the star of the dish)!  Remove from pan and serve immediately.

  5. Taste and adjust the seasonings.  If you seasoned during each step as directed above then you should not need to add more salt & pepper.  Basically, what I’m saying is “follow directions and there won’t be NO problems!”