Sweet and Spicy Wilted Kale

Packed with vitamins, calcium, and fiber, this kale dish is lightly sweet and subtly spicy. Add pasta or polenta for a main course or serve alone as a side dish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 3 slices bacon

  • ¾ cup onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons margarine

  • 1 bunch red-leaf kale, thick stems removed and leaves chopped

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 1 tablespoon mango-habanero sauce

  • 8 ounces precooked turkey sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces (Optional)

  • salt to taste


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until just crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Trim and discard half the fat from each piece. Dice remaining bacon.

  2. Use a paper towel to wipe out skillet, leaving a light coating of bacon grease. Add onion, garlic, and margarine. Cook until onions are soft and translucent, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add kale and toss until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add apple cider, habanero sauce, cooked bacon, and turkey sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt.

Cook's Notes:

You can use precooked chicken in place of the turkey sausage, if you prefer.

You can use cayenne pepper in place of the mango-habanero sauce, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
13g Fat
25g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 849mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 138mg 689%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 758mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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