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Thanksgiving for two: Kale and caramelized onion sauté

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


A great, kind-of-healthy side dish for your holiday meal. Caramelized onions tossed with kale and parmesan cheese. So easy!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 bunch of kale, tough stems removed and leaves torn or chopped roughly
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 large thinly sliced onion. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss to combine. Let onions cook for 3-5 minutes, until they are soft.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking onions, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes until onions are golden brown, soft and caramelized. Adjust the heat as needed so the onions don't burn.
  3. Add 1 bunch kale and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan and toss to combine. The onions will want to clump up, so take some time to ensure everything is mixed well. Increase heat to medium-high and let everything cook for 3-5 minutes or until kale is cooked down and soft, but a little crisp at the edges.
  4. Turn off the heat and add 1oz grated parmesan. Toss to combine. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and additional parmesan if desired!


  • If you made this turkey and want to use those onions, start by letting the onions cook over high heat for 2-3 minutes to reduce the juices. Then reduce to low and continue cooking to caramelize as usual. Since the onions got a head start in the oven, this will likely only take about 10 minutes. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe as described.