Recipe: $1.20 | Per Serving: $0.30 | Yield: 4 Sides
With about 50 minutes of cook time, caramelized onions are not exactly a quick weekday dinner, but if you can manage to find the time, you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with one of the most flavorful ways to enjoy an onion. And one of my favorite side dishes is caramelized onions & kale. Simply caramelize the onions for 40-60 minutes, stirring every once in a while, and then toss in some kale. Aaaand maybe some bacon or sausage, if you’re into that kind of thing.
This dish is vibrant green & very simple. Once you’ve made the onions & kale, you can serve it as a side with fish or chicken, top it with eggs and call it a meal, or even mix it with pasta. I love adding a little bacon or sausage and creamy white beans, kind of like a kale version of Italian escarole & beans.
This recipe makes 4 servings, but you can use 2 medium onions and a full bunch of kale and spread this out over 8 servings instead, which is great for meal prepping. This is a great hands-off dish to double and cook on a Sunday while you meal prep other things for the week – like a whole roasted chicken, pesto quinoa, and roasted vegetables! That’s actually exactly what I did – made caramelized onions at 9am on a Sunday. No complaints.
Have your kale and eat it too!Print
- 1 Tablespoon butter or oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced into thin wedges
- 1/2 bunch fresh kale (about 6–8 cups)
- pinch of salt
- In a large skillet or pan, melt the butter or warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 45-60 minutes.
- Add a pinch of salt, 2 Tablespoons water, and the kale. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir well and serve.