Steamed Kale with Golden Raisins Recipe

Enjoy this delicious superfood with other delectable seasonal ingredients.

Kale is a dark, leafy green that’s a member of the cabbage family and has a strong, somewhat bitter flavour that mixes well with the sweet flavour of cranberries, golden raisins and orange juice in the dressing. Serve this simple dish as a side salad or as a bed for roasted chicken or turkey.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8
Difficulty: Easy

1 large bunch (1 litre/4 cups) kale, stemmed, rinsed and torn
50 millilitres (1/4 cup) dried cranberries
50 millilitres (1/4 cup) golden raisins
1 small onion, chopped
10 millilitres (2 teaspoons) garlic, minced
30 millilitres (2 tablespoons) olive oil
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) coarse salt
375 millilitres (1 1/2 cups) orange juice
15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) cider vinegar
15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) granulated sugar
15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) honey Dijon or Dijon mustard
2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) black pepper


  1. Rinse 1 large bunch of fresh kale under cool water and tear into large bite-sized pieces, removing the large centre stem
  2. Set aside in a large bowl
  3. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add chopped onions and salt
  4. Allow to sweat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute
  6. Add in the orange juice, vinegar, sugar and mustard, and stir
  7. Place kale leaves in a steamer basket over boiling water and steam for about 5 minutes or until bright green in colour (the leaves should be tender, but still firm)
  8. While steaming the kale, add raisins and cranberries to the saucepan
  9. Stir and boil uncovered for an additional 15 minutes until the liquid is reduced by 1/2 to 1/3
  10. Allow kale and dressing a few minutes cooling time, then toss together in the large bowl
  11. After tossing well, serve as a side salad or a bed for your entrée

Tip: There are many ways to prepare kale. It can also be boiled, blanched or sautéed. You can even cook it in the microwave by placing leaves that are still wet from rinsing in a loosely covered microwave-safe dish and cooking on high until wilted.

With kale, you can bring the vibrant colours and hearty flavours of winter vegetables into your meals. Use the approaching new year as a cue to start thinking about eating better and trying something new!


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