Sturdy leafy greens, such as chard, kale, mustard, beet, collard, and turnip greens, are known as cooking greens. They bring valuable nutrients to your diet, along with some sparkle, flavor, and color to your table. With the exception of collard greens, most cooking greens can be shredded and used raw in small amounts with other, more tender lettuces in a salad mix. However, these sturdy greens are most commonly served cooked. We'll show you the basic how-tos for cooking greens, then point the way to recipes that call on a variety of these healthful veggies.
Here are the flavor profiles of some of the common cooking greens you're likely to find at the market.
Choosing and Storing Cooking Greens
How to Cook Greens
This basic method yields four servings.
1. Prep the Greens
2. Cook the Greens
Adding Flavor to Cooked Greens
For more flavor, consider these options.