The Best Kale Recipe I’ve Ever Tried…

I happened to stumble upon this creative recipe for kale while I was browsing on the Whole Foods Market website. Just as a side note: Whole Foods has a wonderful recipe collection if your are ever looking for new dishes to try. All of the recipes posted use fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients- not to mention many of them are vegetarian and vegan-friendly!

This recipe involves a combination of kale, apple juice, and cherries. It sounds like an unexpected pairing, but trust me, the flavors blend really well together. The cherries add a touch of sweetness to the kale, and the apple juice makes the dish a little sweet. The cherries and kale make this dish chock-full of antioxidants and fiber. This makes for a unique combination of flavors, and is a perfect vegetarian side dish.

I made this side dish for dinner and paired it with a cup of whole wheat penne mixed with sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli spears, and a touch of olive oil and parm cheese.

Wilted Kale with Cherries

Serves: 4


2 shallots, thinly sliced

½ cup apple juice, divided

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and quartered

1 large bunch kale, stems and tough ribs removed, leaved thinly sliced

¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts


1. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook until they just start to stick to the pan, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

FYI- Shallots taste very similar to spring onions

2. Add ¼ cup apple juice and cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the cherries, remaining apple juice, and kale. Cover and reduce to medium heat. Cook 3-4 minutes or just until kale is wilted.

3. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts.

Makes a flavorful side dish!

Nutrition Facts:

1 cup contains: 170 calories, 6g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 29 total CHO, 4g fiber, 9g sugar, 7g protein



  1. Beth said

    I tried this recipe with the first kale I have ever grown and it was delicious. I used can cherries instead of fresh, Ugh, but it was the best choice at the time. I should have used less than the amount of fresh called for in the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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