Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with leafy greens, and they taste wonderful together, too. This simple preparation of Brussels sprouts and chard or other greens makes a great holiday side dish — perfect for Thanksgiving, for example, but easy enough for everyday meals.
My favorite leafy green for pairing with Brussels sprouts is chard, as shown here. Any variety works — Swiss, green, or rainbow. My second choice would be curly or lacinato kale, but you can also try this with collard greens, mustard greens, or escarole.
Brussels sprouts have really become the vegetable du jour, haven’t they? It seems like they’ve picked up where kale left off not long ago (not that kale is passé by any means). These mini-cabbages were finally embraced when it was settled that the quicker they’re cooked and the greener they remain, the better. Case in point, this quick sauté — as well as enjoying them roasted or even raw and slivered finely to make offbeat slaws. Recipe adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas.
- 10 to 12 ounces Brussels sprouts, stemmed and halved
- 10 to 12-ounces chard, any variety
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts,
- or 2 to 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, optional
- In a large skillet, combine the Brussels sprouts with about 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook until tender-crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and remove to a bowl and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cut the leaves from the chard stems. If using the stems, trim about and inch from the bottoms, then slice thinly. Otherwise, discard them. Stack several leaves atop one another and slice into ribbons, about 1/2 inch in width.
- Heat the oil in the same skillet. Add the garlic, bell pepper, and chard (along with stems if you’re using them). Sauté over medium heat until the chard is tender to your liking, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Stir the Brussels sprouts back in, then season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Scatter the optional nuts over the top and serve at once from the skillet.
See the headnote for other greens to try in this preparation.
Photos (top and bottom) by Susan Voisin of FatFreeVegan.com