Recipe: Beet Greens with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Cherry Vinegar

Recipe: Beet Recipe: Greens with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Cherry Vinegar
Recipe: Beet Recipe: Greens with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Cherry Vinegar

Devra Gartenstein over at the Quirky Gourmet got me thinking about how many good odds and ends of produce I waste with this article about how she uses chard stems. I was boiling beets for a salad tonight, and resolved for once not to toss the greens. Now I adore beet greens (and every other kind of leafy green), but usually I just have a handful and they don’t seem to fit into what I’m making, so they end up in the trash or compost.

But today I was feeling a little snacky anyhow, so while I was boiling the beets, I quickly stripped the greens, rinsed ’em, and tossed them in the boiling water too. Five minutes later I pulled them out, gave ’em a quick chop, and dressed them with:

(this recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free)

  • pumpkinseed oil
  • cherry vinegar
  • Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt) salt
  • quick-toasted fennel seeds
  • a few strips of lemon zest

Man that was good! It would make a perfect side dish anywhere you might conventionally think to serve spinach or kale. This is one of those dishes that mainly comes together by using those nice ingredients, more than any real skill of the chef. Speaking of which, over at they have a listing of my "Herbivoracious pantry". The Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt) is in there, and the oil and vinegar will be there soon. (This isn’t an affiliate deal for me, I just like what they have to offer.)

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Friday, March 14th, 2008 in Recipes, Salads, Vegan or Modifiable.

3 Responses to “Recipe: Beet Greens with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Cherry Vinegar”

  1. Reply
    March 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Whole Foods sells a Tuscan Salt seasoning mix that I often use in this kind of thing-quick veggies, quickly seasoned. Not an affiliate deal for me either, but a lovely, versatile product.

  2. Reply
    November 5, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Yum, this looks awesome. Having difficulty finding cherry vinegar locally. Curious – is it high in sugar?

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    Michael Natkin
    November 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi Lisa – that cherry vinegar was an import that I got from Not sure if they still carry it. It didn't have a nutrition label on it, so I can't tell you exactly how much sugar, but it was moderately sweet, like a good balsamic – which would also be good in this dish.

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