Simple and Delicious Beet Greens Recipe -
Simple and Delicious Beet Greens Recipe
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Simple and Delicious Beet Greens

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"Don't throw away those hearty green leaves that top fresh bundles of beets! They have a flavor similar to kale. This simple recipe will will help you make the most of your fresh beets!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beet greens, and cook uncovered until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the greens are cold, drain well, and coarsely chop.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the greens until oil and garlic is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper. Cook just until greens are hot; serve with lemon wedges.
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  • Cook's Note
  • Advance preparation: The blanched greens will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 16, 2011

I just saute in olive oil in a big skillet and skip the blanching part to save washing a pan. First I thinly slice the stems and add them first to get a bit of a head start on the leaves then slice the leaves in thin strips (the bunch at a time). When wilted it is ready.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2011

Good. I prefer greens to be baked up crispy with olive oil and salt or seasoned salt and eaten like a chip. My husband was a fan of this recipe.

Jan 20, 2011

I had never had beet greens before and I thought this was a very good, easy dish to prepare. I did not use the red pepper flakes as I have an 8 year old who does not like anything spicy, but it would probably be a good addition. I plan to make this again and I think I will try adding some crumbled bacon to it next time for a little twist. Thanks for the recipe!

Jul 23, 2011

Outstanding. I had never thought of putting the greens in cold water after boiling. That really kept them fresh. I used more olive oil. Forgetting to season the green while cooking I put kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper on the greens as I served them. My dinner guests loved them.

Feb 07, 2012

This was delicious - we were scraping our plates. I added more red pepper and added the juice of 1 (small) lemon as the greens were sauteing. Added a little crumbled feta to the top. So good, I'm going to have to go out and get more greens. I think this would be equally delicious with any kind of green - chard, kale, etc.

Nov 09, 2011

I omitted the crushed red pepper but added two slices of sliced and chopped sweet onion in with the garlic and olive oil before adding the beet greens. Very good and this will be a staple in my recipes to cook. LOVED and ususally I do not like beet greens. Five stars.

Mar 29, 2011

Super good. Super easy. I sauteed some shallots and added some beets (I love cooked beets), along with some shrimp. What a great, easy meal.

Apr 11, 2012

Delicious is the word to describe these greens. I followed everything except I used some of the lemon juice in the greens. I think fresh lemons and garlic make a big difference. I love these! I'd eat the whole pot, but I need to share.


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  • Calories
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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