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Sesame kale with garlic in cup on flowered napkin.
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Sesame kale

Incorporate more dark leafy greens in your life with this easy recipe. This tasty side dish pairs well with a sandwich or wrap. It also works beautifully in a brown rice bowl.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: greens recipe, vegetable
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson



  • Fill a pot with steamer insert with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Put kale in steamer insert and cover with lid. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes, until it is bright green.
  • Either in the steamer insert itself or a colander, rinse the kale with cool water. Using your hands, squeeze all of the water out of it. It will make a ball of kale about the size of a tennis ball.**
  • Once the kale is mostly dry, move it to a mixing bowl. Add the sesame oil, brown rice vinegar, tamari, garlic, and salt to it.
    Using your hands, rub those ingredients into the greens until it has separated from the ball and is evenly coated. Add the sesame seeds to it and combine.
    Eat right away, or for best results, put the kale in a covered container in the refrigerator for at least an hour to absorb the flavors and further soften.


*I like to use curly kale, but any type will work.
**Because the kale shrinks when it is steamed and then even further when bunched into a ball, it isn't necessary to chop it. It will be bite sized without any chopping.
If you'd rather not use your hands to squeeze the kale, you can roll it into a clean kitchen towel. Then wring it until it is totally dry.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 319mg | Vitamin A: 6495IU | Vitamin C: 78.5mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1.2mg