another closeup of kale scampi in a bowl

Kale Scampi

This Vegan Scampi Sauce recipe makes any vegetable taste amazing!  Try this easy to make Kale Scampi as a side dish for you next meal.  

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make scampi sauce, how to make vegetables taste good, scampi sauce recipe, vegan dairy free scampi sauce recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Daytime Vegan


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tablespoon ground wakame
  • 8 cups chopped kale
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. To make ground wakame, place a handful of dried wakame strips into a coffee grinder and grind. Add more wakame until you have ½ tablespoon of ground wakame. You can try grinding it in a food processor or blender if you don’t have a coffee grinder.
  2. Place a large pan on medium-low heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and garlic. Stir constantly for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to keep the garlic from burning. Add the ground wakame and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

  3. Add the chopped kale, lemon juice, lemon pepper, and salt. Stir until the kale has wilted slightly and is completely covered in the olive oil, garlic, and seasonings.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the kale has wilted.
  5. Turn off the heat and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

We use 8 cups of kale because leafy greens wilt down significantly when cooked.


Dried wakame can be found in most Asian grocery stores. This recipe can be made without the wakame. You can skip this ingredient if you can’t find wakame, or feel you won’t like it, but I PROMISE it adds such a nice “garlic scampi” flavor to the recipe.