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18 Mighty Green Dishes to Brighten Up The Holidays

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The holidays are a time for measured gluttony, for over-the-top dishes, and many, many carbohydrates. It's a time for drinking a bit too much punch and maybe overdoing it on the nut mixes. It's a time for eggnog and pies on pies on pies.

And who would have it any other way! The holidays cry out for indulgence, for cream, for cocktails, and friends and family and festivities. But, as with all good things, sometimes you need a break. Greens will help to offset the onslaught of heavy carbohydrates, meaty mains, and things with cheesy lids. Think of them as a palate cleanser between feasts, a reset for your body. So when the holiday indulgences are feeling like a bit too much, turn to versatile, vivacious greens. Whip up a zippy, crunchy salad, a soothing, broth-y soup or a verdant frittata—then get back to that eggnog.

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Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup

A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup by inpatskitchen

Beans and Greens Soup

Beans and Greens Soup by Sara Jenkins

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Soup with Cauliflower)

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Soup with Cauliflower) by Bogre

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup by Nicholas Day

Stewy White Beans with Escarole, Garlic, and Sizzled Rosemary
Stewy White Beans with Escarole, Garlic, and Sizzled Rosemary

salads with bite

Triple Surprise Kale Salad
Triple Surprise Kale Salad
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing by Kendra Vaculin

Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash

Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Aco... by Nicole Franzen

Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger
Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger
French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese

French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese by Gena Hamshaw

Northern Spy's Kale Salad

Northern Spy's Kale Salad by Genius Recipes

Other Green-y Goodness

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk
Turnip Greens Frittata

Turnip Greens Frittata by Amanda Hesser

Sri Lankan Kale Mallung

Sri Lankan Kale Mallung by QueenSashy

Moroccan Beet Greens
Moroccan Beet Greens
Collard Roll Ups with Coconut Curry Kale

Collard Roll Ups with Coconut Curry Kale by Diane Hoch

Milk-Braised Beet Greens

Milk-Braised Beet Greens by Jennifer Perillo

What's your favorite way to get some green in your winter holiday diet? Share your inspiration in the comments.

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Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!

Tags: greens, kale, collard greens, vegetables