Greens Side Dish Recipes

Good-for-you greens, like chard, spinach, collards, beet greens, and kale, are easy to make. Browse our delicious greens side dish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Simple and Delicious Beet Greens

Rating: 4.6 stars
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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!

Kickin' Collard Greens

Rating: 4.75 stars
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If you like greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

Rating: 4.63 stars
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Lemon and Parmesan cheese season this simple, tasty recipe for Swiss chard on your stovetop!

Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard

Rating: 4.57 stars
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I love greens, garlic, and lemon! This blends all three for an awesome-tasting side dish.
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Escarole and Beans

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This is a creamy concoction of escarole and beans. It's rich, and it's divine! It's also best served with a warm crusty Italian bread.

Asian-Inspired Mustard Greens

Rating: 4.22 stars
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I don't know what it is about this combination of flavors, but I could eat these every day. Even though it contains the right ingredients in the right proportions for a teriyaki sauce, which is what I was aiming for originally, to describe the flavor as such would be inaccurate. I'm usually perfectly happy with this and a bowl of rice as a meal in itself, but when I'm forced to share, it pairs well with roasted chicken or just about any kind of pork.

Chef John's Colcannon

Rating: 4.35 stars
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Colcannon is probably my favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe. It combines the lovely, spring-is-finally-here-greenness of kale and leeks with the always alluring comfort of buttery mashed potatoes.

Greens with Cannellini Beans and Pancetta

Rating: 4.63 stars
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Inspiration for this recipe came from my roomie. This is a forgiving recipe and a great way to get your greens! I eat it as a main dish, but this could easily be fit for four to six sides. Feel free to substitute different kinds of greens depending on what's in season, and use regular diced bacon instead of pancetta if desired.

Braised Leeks and Mustard Greens

Rating: 4.59 stars
32
Mustard greens, where have you been all my life?! The earthy, mild onion flavor of leeks combined with the spicy kick of mustard greens braised in a buttered broth makes for a simple and tasty side dish.

Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Rating: 4.69 stars
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This is a recipe for a delicious and cheesy creamed spinach. It's easy and tastes much better than any store bought or frozen versions. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was great!

Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.68 stars
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This was one of my mother's best recipes. It is very quick, easy and delicious. A good way for the little ones to eat their spinach!

Grilled Hearts of Romaine

Rating: 4.65 stars
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This is truly and ridiculously easy. The trick is to get the grill grates very hot. And the result? A lightly caramelized surface and a slightly smoky flavor. The insides stay cool and crisp. It's quite a contrast of tastes and textures.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Garlic Kale
Rating: Unrated
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"So easy and simple. Making this recipe put me in the 'love kale' category. Will make again!" – Liz Dalton
Great Ways to Enjoy Beet Greens
When buying a bunch of beets, don't toss those greens! Eat them instead. 

Kickin' Collard Greens

Rating: 4.75 stars
1772

If you like greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.