African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes


Delicious African-style braised kale and tomatoes. I first made this dish after my friend from South Africa brought this dish to a potluck. It was gone in minutes and after talking to her I couldn’t believe the simplicity of the dish. This is my version of it and I get the same lovely reaction when I serve it. I remove the stems but its fine to keep them for added fiber. Also you may not have to add extra water because the tomatoes may have enough liquid for cooking kale. I like to keep my kale crunchy so sometimes I saute for about 5 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 pound kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium high heat. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until soft about 4 minutes. Stir in kale, coat with onion and tomatoes. Add water and cover saucepan, allow to cook for 10 minutes or until kale is tender.

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  1. I love that this dish relies on the flavor of the vegetables to carry it. Pinning for summer’s first fresh tomatoes!

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    I have to say I was expecting there to be some spices on this dish! But you have to love the simplicity here! Beautiful presentation!

  3. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    I have a bunch of kale from my CSA sitting in my refrigerator right now. Thinking of cooking it was feeling burdensome (you can’t imagine how big this bunch is!) until I read this post. Now I’m rejuvenated and will make a variation on this incredibly simple and delicious theme!

  4. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    Yum!!! I’ve tried kale a lot of ways but not like this! I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to make!

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