Kale Stems with Caramelized Onions and Bacon


This colorful salad uses a less-popular part of kale and combines sweet and savory notes derived from bacon and maple syrup. The salad’s vibrant colors and textures make it worthy of being the main entree.


1 bunch curly kale, washed and dried
4 slices bacon, diced
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tbs. tahini
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1 Tbs. cider vinegar (optional)


1. Remove leaves from kale, break into bite-size pieces, and set aside. Chop stems into thin rounds.

2. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon. Cook for 2 minutes; then add onion and chopped kale stems. Stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook for 40–45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown and very soft.

3. Add reserved kale leaves, and stir. Cover, and cook for 6–8 additional minutes or until leaves are wilted fully. Remove from heat.

4. Stir together tahini, maple syrup and cider vinegar, if using, in a small bowl. Drizzle over kale-bacon mixture before serving.

PER SERVING (1 cup): 185 cal, 10g fat (5g mono, 3g poly, 3g sat), 7mg chol, 28mg sodium, 18g carb (3g fiber, 10g sugars), 4g protein

This recipe and photo was provided by New Hope Network. FoodTrients is a member of the New Hope Influencer Co-op, a network of health and wellness bloggers committed to spreading more health to more people.

About FoodTrients

Combining her passion for food and a lifelong commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle, Grace O has created FoodTrients®, a unique program for optimizing wellness. Grace O is a fusion chef with a mission: to cook up recipes for sustaining a long and joyful life that are built on a foundation of anti-aging science and her work in the health care industry. Mixing foods and unique flavors culled from a lifetime of travels from Asia to Europe and America, Grace O encourages young and old to celebrate a full life that embraces diversity. Lifestyle tips, age-defying recipes, and secrets of the healing properties of food are the centerpiece of FoodTrients™–all available through cookbooks, e-newsletters, and FoodTrients.com. foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.