Beet Greens


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 52.6
  • Total Fat: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.3 mg
  • Sodium: 282.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 9.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g

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Don't get rid of the greens! Save them and use them for this delicious recipe!

You can also use this recipe for cooking kale or collard greens.
Don't get rid of the greens! Save them and use them for this delicious recipe!

You can also use this recipe for cooking kale or collard greens.

Number of Servings: 4


    * 1 pound beet greens
    * 1 strip of thick cut bacon, chopped
    * 1/4 cup chopped onion
    * 1 large garlic clove, minced
    * 3/4 cup of water
    * 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
    * 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    * 1/6 cup of cider vinegar


1 Wash the greens in a sink filled with cold water. Drain greens and wash a second time. Drain greens and cut away any heavy stems (if stems aren't too woody go ahead and chop them up and include them, they are delicious and colorful, too). Cut leaves into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

2 In a large skillet or 3-qt saucepan, cook bacon until lightly browned on medium heat. Add onions, cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions soften and start to brown. Stir in garlic. Add water to the hot pan, stirring to loosen any particles from bottom of pan. Stir in sugar and red pepper. Bring mixture to a boil.

3 Add the beet greens, gently toss in the onion mixture so the greens are well coated. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5-15 minutes until the greens are tender. Stir in vinegar. (For kale or collard greens continue cooking additional 20 to 25 minutes or until desired tenderness.)

Serves 4.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user QUERIAN.

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  • Delicious! We don't eat bacon so I sauteed in EVOO. I used 1 whole medium onion instead of 1/4 and omitted pepper flakes and water (just cover and let greens cook down). I chopped stems into 1" pieces - don't toss them, they get tender. I added a drizzle of toasted sesame seed oil at end. YUM! - 10/23/13

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  • We made these rather than throwing out the edible greens when we bought beets. We left out the water, sugar, and vinegar and just sauteed the greens after cooking the onion, garlic and bacon. - 6/17/13

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  • Great way to cook greens! Monday is our " Beans and Greens"day so I combined this with the Luscious Lentils recipe and added some homemade Chicken and Rosemary sausage I ground and stuffed the other day for a wonderfully satisfying meal. Thanks for providing the "Greens" part. - 10/16/12

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  • Wow! YUM! First time I've eaten beet green but it won't be the last after this! Thanks for sharing! - 2/1/12

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  • Loved loved loved this. Had to make a few substitutions because it was a wee bit last minute. I used a bit more onion & garlic- I'm a big fan!! - 9/15/11

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  • Used purple onions, 2 TBL cider vinegar, it was fabulous I ate all of it. Don't think I had a whole pound of greens but it was delicious. - 8/9/11

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  • Tasty combination of flavours. Next time I'd cut back on the vinegar to a tablespoon. - 6/24/11

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  • This was the best beet greens I've ever had come off my stove. I made with stems and leave. Thanks for a great recipe that will remain in my portfolio of goodies. - 3/21/11

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  • I used bacon fat but put lean stew mean in that I sauteed first, shaved the garlic and it was deeeelish! First time I ate beet greens and they were good I will try this with kale. I also used chipotle ground pepper instead of crushed red pepper. - 3/8/11

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  • So very good. I eat spinach almost every day, but never had beet greens. Don't eat bacon, but thought it was good without it. Also used Stevia. Thanks for sharing - 10/6/10

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  • Made this tonite. Had only 9 oz of beet greens, should have cut back on the cider vinegar. Notwithstanding the strong vinegar taste, the greens were good. This is the first time I have had greens. I'll have them again. - 7/22/10

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  • AMAZING!!! Even 2/3 of my kids liked it! I couldn't get enough! I've had beet greens before, but just sort of ate them because they are "like spinach." THESE I will eat again and again because it is WONDERFUL!!! Yummers!!! - 7/8/10

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  • Made this a couple of days ago & LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! So much, that I am about to make it again, right now!! Used splenda instead of sugar, to cut down on the carbs!! YUMMY!!! - 3/17/10

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  • Made this for dinner. I'm not much on onion and cider vinegar so I cut back on the onion and used a tbps of fresh squeezed lemon juice .very good.Will make again as I love fresh beets and hate to waste the greens. - 1/14/10

    Reply from QUERIAN (1/15/10)
    Glad you liked it!

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