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lemon garlic grilled kale

Lemon garlic grilled kale is a quick and easy summer side dish and a great way to get your superfoods in! lemon garlic grilled kale

To go along with our Strawberry Whiskey Sours, Marc and I decided to go the easy route and pick up some burgers and “Grandma’s potato salad” from a local butcher for dinner.  While this would’ve been plenty for our meal, I felt like our meal needed a little bit of green on the side.  Plus with our wine tasting, our day had been heavy on the meat, cheese, and wine, without a single veggie to be found.  I also had a big bunch of kale begging to be used.  It was the perfect trifecta for this grilled kale to be born.

This recipe is super simple, consisting of a lemony, cumin-spiced garlic dressing that is massaged into the kale leaves.  On the grill, the kale gets crispy like kale chips, along with a smoky grill flavor that you wouldn’t get in the oven.  I actually made the salad long before we were ready to start grilling which made the last step of grilling is a breeze.

I loved this simple yet unique way to cook kale.  It’s simple, easy, healthy, and delicious.  If you’re a fan of kale (which you might remember is a superfood!) you will definitely love it as well.


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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 side dish servings


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shaved Parmesan cheese for topping


  • Remove kale from stems and chop into large pieces.
  • In small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, and cumin.
  • Pour over kale, then toss or massage with hands so it is evenly distributed.
  • Place in mesh grill pan and grill over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, until kale starts to get crispy and charred.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!
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