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16 Ways to Enjoy Winter Greens

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16 Ways to Enjoy Winter Greens


The summer may be prime season for fresh vegetables, but winter veggies ain’t nothing to sneeze at, either! From collard greens to escarole, rainbow chard to turnip greens, and many more in between, winter greens are tasty, diverse and, of course, packed with nutrients. Click through to check out some fabulous and creative ways to enjoy winter greens all season.

Many of these recipes may call for a particular type of winter green, but don’t let that hold you back — experiment! Try greens you’ve never tasted, or even heard of, before.

Do you have a go-to winter greens recipe? Tell us about it in the comments!

Earlier: 8 Healthiest Leafy Greens



1. Winter Greens and Ginger Soup


  • 1 Yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 Large leek, light green and white parts, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Large bunches of winter greens: kale, collards, chard, and/or spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 Cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground pepper

1. In a medium skillet over low heat, caramelize onions. Pour olive oil in skillet, add onions and stir occasionally for about 30 minutes, or until onions are golden and soft.
2. In the mean time, place sweet potato, 4 cups of water, and one teaspoon of sea salt in a stock pot. Add leek, spinach, chard and ginger to the stock pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Add onions and vegetable broth to soup. Stir. Add lemon juice and pepper. Stir.

Recipe Adapted From: 101 Cookbooks

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Serve this stir fry over brown rice, quinoa or rice noodles if you like!

2. Spicy Winter Green & Tofu Stir-Fry


  • 1 Bunch winter greens*, washed, stems removed torn and blanched for 1 minute
  • 14 Ounces firm tofu, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rectangles, laid out on paper towels to dry
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable stock
  • 1 Teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon canola or peanut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeds removed and minced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, cut in 2-inch julienne
  • 2 Teaspoons dark sesame oil

Wok or 12-inch skillet (avoid using a nonstick skillet)

* Serious Eats recommends kale, but go ahead and experiment!

1. Combine soy sauce, rice wine/dry sherry, vegetable stock and cornstarch in a small bowl. In a different small bowl, stir sugar, salt and pepper.
2. Preheat wok or skillet. It’s ready to go when a drop of water evaporates moments after it’s dropped on the pan. Add canola or peanut oil, swirling to coat well. Add tofu and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until tofu begins to color. Stir in garlic, ginger and chile and cook for about 15 seconds, or until fragrant.
3. Toss in pepper and continue to stir-fry for another minute. Toss in kale and salt-pepper-sugar mixture, stirring to coat evenly. Add soy sauce mixture and sesame oil to pan and continue cooking for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

Recipe Credit: Serious Eats

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:23PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

TY :)

9:51AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

16? I only saw four recipes. Where are the OTHER 12?

7:54PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Great recipes! & not too complicated. Makes good eat`n & good nutrition easy! Thanks!

12:29PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

We try to eat as much fresh veg we can, we have already cut down on meat, we try not to eat processed foods, BUT, we both have full time jobs, my husband more demanding than mine, we have 5 adopted stray dogs and 4 adopted stray cats and for the past 2 weeks we had a very close friend in hospital after a very nasty fall with a brain bleed, very very scary so we were at the hospital till past 8pm every night - and people wonder why we are tired? :)

7:48PM PST on Jan 31, 2013


6:41AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

OR blend with morning protein drink. Did I miss something - where are the 16 ways? I see 4 recipes. . . . . I better look around.,

5:50AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:55AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

11:16AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thanks for these great recipes.

11:07AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

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