Green Food Ideas
For a new twist on the usual hummus or guacamole, try this delicious mash-up of the two. It's great with crudites, crackers and corn chips, or as a sandwich spread.
Creamed Kale Recipe
This rich and delicious creamed kale from star chef Tyler Florence is an excellent swap for more traditional creamed spinach.
Sautéed Collards and Cabbage with Gremolata
These crunchy sauteed greens from TV chef Carla Hall get big flavor from garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper.
"I bought a fancy juicer just to make this," says Chad Arnholt, bartender at Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. "The savory ingredients--cucumbers, peppers, herbs--are unexpected and make the drink feel healthy." He sets out a pitcher of the juice for parties, cookouts or sci-fi movie nights along with tequila, beer and ginger beer so guests can customize their own drinks.
Cilantro-Celery Juice Punch
This bright green blend from Amanda Chantal Bacon of Los Angeles's Moon Juice gets its zippy, herby taste from an entire bunch of cilantro.
Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto
Here's one of the quickest pesto sauces you'll come across. It's a perfect match for cheese tortellini, but you can use other tortellini such as mushroom or meat instead. The pesto is also great with just about any plain pasta.
Green Vegetables with Dukka and Tahini Dressing
The Egyptian spice blend dukka is a fantastic garnish for this delicious vegetable dish. Sprouted, or activated, almonds add healthy crunch.
Roasted Green Tomato Basil Soup in Sourdough
This beautiful green soup pairs the tartness of green tomatoes with fragrant basil and thyme. Once you've finished off the soup you can eat the sourdough bread bowl.
Green Beans with Mustard-Seed Butter
Tossing green beans in a delicious mustard-seed butter makes for a quick and easy side dish.
Green Gazpacho with Shrimp
Before the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the 1500s, they had never even seen a tomato, much less cooked with one. The Old Country gazpacho got its color from cucumbers, and once you've tried it you'll understand why the green version is still preferred over the red in some quarters. If you're using this uncooked soup as a first course instead of a main dish, it will serve six.
Monterey Jack Quesadillas with Avocado and Kale-Pistachio Salsa Verde
In this recipe, simple jack cheese quesadillas are prepared with a tangy kale and pistachio salsa. Big pieces of diced avocado are lightly tossed into the salsa to round out the acidity.
Roasted Beets with Beet Green Salsa Verde
Tyler Florence uses beets and their greens to make this fresh and vibrant side dish for Thanksgiving. If you can't find beets with beautiful greens, Swiss chard or curly spinach leaves can be used instead.