Steamed Kale with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Steamed Kale with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Meet my favorite, go-to kale recipe. We eat this a lot because it takes less than 10 minutes and the dressing is so flavorful it makes it really easy to devour an entire bunch of super-healthy kale. I think you will like it too. That is, of course, if you like garlic. Garlic lovers – this is your dish. Garlic haters – (do they really exist? … poor things)  you will hate this dish. Go ahead and steam some kale and top it with something boring like ranch or balsamic.

Now, to make this creamy I add a tiny bit of mayonnaise. If you are vegan, simply use a vegan substitute to get the same creamy texture. The ingredients call for 2-4 garlic cloves. When I make this I use 4 giant cloves. I also happen to believe garlic runs through my blood and there is nothing better than the slap of garlic heat on your lips. For normal garlic-liking folks, I’d go with 2-3 cloves.

Enjoy you super-healthy, kale-eating, garlic-loving people. Enjoy.

Steamed Kale with Creamy Garlic Dressing
Recipe Type: Side dish
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
  • 2-4 garlic cloves (adjust the amount based on your taste preference)
  • Dash S/P
  • 1 tsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 bunches kale, about 1 and 1/2 pounds
  1. Make the dressing by crushing and then mincing the garlic as small as you can get it. (Crushing it first helps release some of that amazing garlic flavor) Place in a measuring cup and add a dash of S/P. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Set aside. Whisk again to create a nice creamy texture right before serving.
  2. Next, steam your kale. I have a super-fast way of doing this – clear out the sink and as you wash each leave, tear pieces from the hard stem, placing the torn kale pieces right into your skillet or pot. You can do this really quick and it provides the perfect amount of water to steam. Discard the hard stems. (If you already washed your kale, simply tear or chop and add a tsp. or two of water to your skillet).
  3. Place the skillet on medium-high heat and toss the kale as it begins to heat up. Put a cover on it and let it steam for a minute or two – it doesn’t take long. Toss again and steam another minute if needed. Remove from the skillet, draining any remaining water and placing in a large bowl.
  4. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately.

Steamed Kale with Creamy Garlic Dressing

2 thoughts on “Steamed Kale with Creamy Garlic Dressing

  1. thequickanddirtycook September 15, 2013 / 10:05 PM

    It’s really tasty – I’ve seen vegan mayo substitutes at most health food stores. And if you aren’t vegan but simply don’t like mayo, try Greek yogurt – always a good substitute for mayo. 🙂

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