Black Kale Bruschetta

A great appetizer or a side dish for a hearty bean soup.

September 12, 2011

These simple toasts make a great appetizer or a side dish for a hearty bean soup. If desired, top with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves: 4
Prep:  10 min
Cook: 10 min
Total: 20 min


  • 1 1/2 pounds black kale (or other kale), long stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • Large pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 5 cloves garlic (3 thinly sliced and 2 whole)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 loaf crusty Italian bread, cut into eight 1/2-inch-thick slices

1. Slice kale leaves in half crosswise. In a large, deep skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add red-pepper flakes and sliced garlic; cook, stirring, about 30 seconds (do not brown).

2. Add kale, in batches if necessary, and sauté until just tender (but not completely limp).

3. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and keep warm.

4. Toast bread or grill it until slightly crusty. Lightly brush with olive oil.

5. Cut whole garlic cloves in half, rub over toasts, and discard. Top toasts with cooked kale and serve.

Nutritional Facts per serving:
Calories: 278
Fat: 11.4 g
Saturated fat: 1.7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 337.4 mg
Carbohydrates: 38.3 g
Total sugars: 0.5 g
Dietary fiber: 4.6 g
Protein: 9.4 g

Courtesy of the Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.