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24 Bitter Greens To Battle the Bitter Cold

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Endive, escarole, broccoli rabe, rapini, dandelion greens, and mustard—these bitter greens thrive in the bitter cold. They also thrive in a whole mess of cozy, wintry dishes, from creamy pastas to sharp, punchy salads, and hold up well to virtually any preparation method, whether pickled, roasted, stewed, or left crunchy and raw.

So when the weather turns bitter, turn to bitter greens. Layer broccoli rabe onto a herb-topped pizza, temper the bite of dandelion greens with a warm bacon vinaigrette, or just round up a mess of bitter leaves and tuck them into a cheesy quesadilla. Whatever you do, don't forget to eat your (bitter) greens—here are 24 ways.

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Mustard Greens

Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash
Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash
Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa

Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa by Genius Recipes

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak by aargersi

Pickled Mustard Greens
Pickled Mustard Greens

broccoli rabe & rapini

All-in-One Sheet-Pan Brown Rice with Sweet Potato and Broccoli Rabe
All-in-One Sheet-Pan Brown Rice with Sweet Potato and Broccoli Rabe
Rapini with Vin Cotto
Rapini with Vin Cotto
Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe

Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe by Sarah Jampel

Broccoli Rabe in Lemon Cream

Broccoli Rabe in Lemon Cream by Amanda Hesser

Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza

Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza by TasteFood

Broccoli Rabe Goma-ae

Broccoli Rabe Goma-ae by Ali Slagle

Roasted Broccoli Rabe Chickpea & Crispy Salami Salad
Roasted Broccoli Rabe Chickpea & Crispy Salami Salad

Dandelion Greens & Watercress

Pici Pasta with Dandelion Greens
Pici Pasta with Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Greens Salad
Dandelion Greens Salad
Chicory & Dandelion Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Chicory & Dandelion Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by Sara Jenkins

Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Sara Jenkins

Beet and Celery Root Salad with Watercress
Beet and Celery Root Salad with Watercress

escarole & endive

Stewy White Beans with Escarole, Garlic, and Sizzled Rosemary
Stewy White Beans with Escarole, Garlic, and Sizzled Rosemary
Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey

Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey by Brooklyn Salt

Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style

Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle... by Genius Recipes

Mix & Match!

Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla
Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla
Beans and Greens Soup

Beans and Greens Soup by Sara Jenkins

Pasta with Yogurt and Spicy Creamed Kale

Pasta with Yogurt and Spicy Creamed Kale by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe
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How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup

How do you use bitter greens? Or do you skip them in favor of milder spinach and chard?

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Tags: Soup, Pasta, Salad, Winter, Vegetable, Leafy Green, Mustard Greens, Broccoli Rabe, Escarole