This cavolo nero recipe is the perfect side. The tangy and spicy dressing takes the greens to the next level, with garlicky undertones for the best flavour.
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This recipe requires minimal effort. You can prep the cavolo nero in under 1 minute and then pop it in the oven for just 6 minutes. Pair it with a protein or carb for a delicious and balanced meal.
The combination of chilli, garlic, lemon and oil is inspired by one of my favourite pastas ‘spaghetti aglio e olio,’ which uses these ingredients along with parsley to form a pasta sauce. These ingredients work equivalently well to flavour this cavolo nero recipe.
Other recipes for you to try using cavolo nero : Salmon Rice bowl, Creamy halloumi curry and Creamy Green Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms and Bacon
The foundation of this recipe/the perfect side dish. Kale also works as a substitute, but cavolo nero makes the perfect vegetable to use for recipe.
Lemon Juice/Chilli Flakes and Red Pepper Flakes
For heat. The balance and flavour of the lemon juice, garlic and oil is taken further when there’s a little kick of heat. If you prefer a mild heat, switch the chilli flakes for red pepper flakes.
Extra Virgin Olice OIl
I love extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe as the oil is a big element of the flavour, which is why I haven’t used a neutral oil like rapeseed oil.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
Preheat your oven to 180°C
3. Then in a large bowl, add the lemon juice, chilli flakes, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Mix together with a hand whisk (Image 3).
4. Throw the torn cavolo nero into the bowl and mix together, ensuring all the cavolo nero is coated with the dressing (Image 4).
5. Then spread out the pieces of cavolo nero onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Pop in the oven for 6-8 minutes (keep a close eye, as depending on your oven temperature the Cavolo Nero will cook quickly and you don’t want it to burn)! (Image 5).
6. Serve with some flakey salt and enjoy! (Image 6).
Cavolo nero is a form of kale that is darker in colour and with longer leaves that are straighter/less curly than normal kale. I find it to be richer in flavour and it also has a different texture when you eat it.
You can definitely make this for meal prep/make it ahead of time, however when storing and reheating you’ll lose a bit of the crispiness that you get when served immediately. The flavour is still great though!
To minimise the crispy issue, you could make the dressing ahead of time and prep the cavolo nero by washing and tearing. Then whenever you want to eat it, just combine a portion with the dressing and bake.
It’s great for you! It’s a good source of lutein, vitamin K, A and C and a significant source of the B vitamins.
Yes definitely! Just remove any tough stems attached to the kale and follow exactly the same method.
If you tried this Cavolo Nero with Garlic & Lemon recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x