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10 Ways to Cook with Root Vegetable Greens

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Visiting the farmers market in the wintertime is a wise choice for many reasons: There’s still plenty to stock up on (dry goods, meats and cheeses, interesting greens …and yes, root vegetables); local farmers need your support year-round; and as a bonus, you’re less likely to get elbowed as you make your way through the aisles.

Photo by James Ransom

But even if you try to do as much of your shopping at the market as possible, sometimes it’s still necessary to head to your local grocery store. There, not only will you find your produce getting pampered with a tropical misting, you’ll find that root vegetables—a storage crop this time of year—still have their green tops.

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So you might have missed out on the opportunity to interact with your favorite purveyor of beets this time around, but don’t miss out on putting an unexpected gift of greens to waste. Just pretend it’s September and cook your way through these 10 recipes for root vegetable leaves:

Beet Greens

Photo by James Ransom
Milk-Braised Beet Greens

Milk-Braised Beet Greens by Jennifer Perillo

Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing

Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing by Amanda Hesser

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens by Medha | Farm on Plate

Moroccan Beet Greens

Moroccan Beet Greens by Silly Apron

Turnip Greens

Photo by James Ransom
Turnip Green Gomae

Turnip Green Gomae by Fairmount_market

Turnip Greens Frittata

Turnip Greens Frittata by Amanda Hesser

Radish Greens

Photo by Alexandra Stafford
Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel Seeds

Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel... by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Pan-Braised Radishes and Greens

Pan-Braised Radishes and Greens by Alexandra Stafford

Carrot Greens

Photo by Bobbi Lin
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata by Kenzi Wilbur

Fried Greens Meatlessballs

Fried Greens Meatlessballs by Alexandra Stafford

Know of a great recipe in the Food52 archives that uses scraps (anything from commonly discarded produce parts to stale bread to bones and more)? Tell me about it in the comments!

Tags: cooking with scraps, scraps, beets, turnips, carrots, radishes