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Cider Braised Kale Ribbons with Cranberries & Walnuts

Cider Braised Kale Ribbons
This colorful mix of kale, cranberries, and walnuts makes a beautiful and healthy side for holiday meals. Brown sugar and cider lend a light sweetness to this unique veggie side dish.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 mintues
Yield: 4 cups (serves 6-8)


  • 2 lb bunch lacinato or dinosaur kale, washed
  • 3 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced shallot
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TB apple cider or water
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. Remove center rib from kale leaves.
  2. Roll up leaves and thinly slice crosswise.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan.
  4. Add shallot and salt and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-10 minutes or until shallot is softened and beginning to brown.
  5. Toss in kale and add vinegar, cider, brown sugar, and cranberries.
  6. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until kale begins to wilt.
  7. Serve warm garnished with toasted walnuts.

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