sauteed kale mustard sauce

 Sauteed kale with mustard sauce recipe

I am a die hard veggie fan. Ask me what I want for lunch or dinner and most often I will pick veggie loaded dishes that taste fresh and clean. But every now and then I will crave a burger; a big fat juicy burger just like the ones in A&W ads, which is exactly what happened two days ago as I boarded the subway at Lincoln Center on my way back home.The craving didn’t go away and only intensified the closer it got to dinner time and I eventually gave in, ordering two beef burgers with cheese from our neighborhood Burger Bistro. While waiting for the order to arrive, I scanned the fridge for something easy and healthy to make to counterbalance the heavy star of our meal. Sitting at the bottom of the vegetable drawer was a bunch of kale which made the decision very easy; nothing goes better with beef than sauteed kale with mustard sauce.


The reason behind it is the the milk and dijon pairing; it gives the sauteed kale a flavor reminiscent of steak au poivre.  Punchy, peppery kale leaves sauteed for just couple of minutes make a great bed of greens for a slab of steak. Not only did we end up having them on our plates, we also stuffed a few pieces in between our sesame buns. De-lish!


I’m used to serving kale as a salad (see kale Caesar) but cooking it is just as yummy and takes no time at all. And if you aren’t familiar with the health benefits of kale, here is a quick rundown as you are missing out on one powerful veggie!

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It is extremely high in vitamins A, C and K, all antioxidants known to help protect against cancer and heart disease. Kale is also very high in lutein which promotes healthy eyes – something I am beginning to take seriously as I near the big 4-0!


I don’t load up on kale on a regular basis but do make the effort to use it a few times a month. Depending on its preparation, kale can be a pain in the butt to cook with but making sauteed kale like this recipe, at least solves the time consuming issue.

Easy dishes to pair with sauteed kale: Lyonnaise burgers, spicy Korean burger, pork ribs.

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Sauteed Kale with Mustard Sauce

A simple and delicious sauteed kale recipe for a yummy side dish.

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: French


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 bunch kale (ribs removed and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. In a pan over medium/high heat, add olive oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add white wine, stir well and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add kale, stir well and cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add salt and pepper, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Turn off the heat, add milk and dijon mustard and quickly stir until liquid is gone. Serve.

Keywords: sides, vegetables, vegetarian

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