Spicy Sesame Greens


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Spicy Greens

We’re slammed with pounds of bitter greens from our local farmer right now, like arugula, chard, kale, mustard greens and more. For me, it’s heavenly and I just love how the bitter flavor plays against whatever it’s paired with, from steak to lemon-zest-flecked pasta to good crusty bread. On the other hand, my husband prefers this season’s other farm jewels: root vegetables. Those are good, too, and we’ve got plenty. But since they take a little longer to cook, greens are always my preferred quick side dish.

This is a no-fuss recipe to use up all those bitter greens from your farm stand or your community-supported agriculture program. It works every single time, adding enough zip to the greens to turn even the most bashful greens eater into a greens-eating machine. I use my lacto-fermented chili sauce in this recipe, but any not-too-sweet version will do well.

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Spicy Sesame Greens

Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 pound mixed bitter greens, such as arugula, chard, kale, or mustard greens, trimmed into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Clean the greens in a large bowl of cold water, shaking them in the water to loosen any grit. Spin in a salad spinner until dry or spread on a clean kitchen towel and pat dry until most of the water is soaked into the towel; the greens will still be a bit wet but not soaked.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil, sesame oil and chili sauce for 1 minute. Pile the greens into the pan and allow to cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Toss gently every few minutes to coat the greens in the sesame oil and chili sauce.
  3. When the greens have gone limp and are a little golden, sprinkle salt and toss one last time. Remove from the heat and serve.



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