How to Make a Delicious Kale Side Dish with Bacon

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This baby kale recipe with bacon is easy and delicious. If you are looking for a delicious kale side dish then this will not disappoint. This particular kale recipe is a slight alteration of my mother’s German spinach recipe. In my mind, baby kale and baby spinach are interchangeable, because they are both healthy, leafy greens that shrink down drastically when cooked. Let’s not forget the bacon. Bacon recipes are always a hit with friends and family alike.

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Easy Kale Side Dish with Bacon Recipe 

What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)


  • 8 oz baby kale, chopped  
  • 4 slices nitrate-free bacon 
  • 1 Tbsp cashew flour     

How to Make the Best Baby Kale Recipe Ever 


Did you know that kale is a hearty cruciferous vegetable and that there are many different types of kale? To go over just a few, there is curly kale, Tuscan kale, dinosaur kale, red kale,  lacinato kale, mature kale, and baby kale. For the sake of this baby kale recipe, we are using organic baby raw kale. 

As always, let’s start by gathering our simple ingredients. When choosing veggies I always aim for organic. The same goes for herbs and spices. In the case of this sautéed baby kale and bacon recipe, we will be using organic baby kale and nitrate-free bacon with no sugar added. You can get these at your local grocery store or Whole Foods. The prewashed greens are great because it means not having to take the time to wash the kale myself. 

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The first step in making this delicious baby kale recipe side dish is to cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces and then heat it over medium-high heat on the stove in a large skillet or pot.

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Cook the bacon long enough to render the fat and allow the bacon bits to cook and start to brown. Make sure to stir as the bacon cooks so that it doesn’t stick.

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Next, leave the bacon fat in the pot and add the baby kale. Stir and mix the chopped kale leaves with the bacon until it withers and softens. Leaving the bacon fat removes the need for olive oil.

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Lastly, add the cashew flour to the sauteed kale and mix to combine. At this point, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes, black pepper, or a little bit of sea salt – but this is completely optional. 

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Delicious Baby Kale Recipe with Bacon

If you have ever had these questions when it comes to cooking kale:

  •  how to make kale taste good: add bacon!
  • what is the best way to cook kale: add bacon!
  • what to do with kale: add bacon!
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Who knew a little tweak to my mothers, and her mother’s spinach recipe would make a delicious baby kale recipe? This baby kale recipe with bacon is more of a side dish than a main dish. This easy sautéed kale recipe pairs well pairs well with just about anything and is the best kale recipe I have discovered so far.. For example, it goes great with air fried turkey sausage and savory oven roasted butternut squash

This tasty kale side dish also goes great with my Ninja Foodi air fried steak.

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How to Make a Delicious Kale Side Dish with Bacon

How to Make a Delicious Kale Side Dish with Bacon

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious sautéed baby kale recipe with bacon pairs well with almost anything Made with 3 ingredients it is gluten free, dairy free and grain free.


  • 8 oz baby kale, chopped
  • 4 slices nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 Tbsp cashew flour


  1. Cut bacon into bite sized pieces and cook over medium heat until all fat is rendered.
  2. Add chopped baby kale to the bacon and stir until kale leaves are withered and softened
  3. Then add cashew flour and stir to combine.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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