Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing

July 15, 2011

Author Notes: Thrifty in the kitchen. Generous at the table. That would be the cooking mantra I grew up with. If you bought beets, you'd use both the tops and the roots. My grandmother steams beet greens in water and dresses them with a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. The sour cream dressing is one she makes for salads. I combined the two. Because isn't that what's supposed to happen to family recipes?Amanda Hesser

Serves: 2 to 4


  • 1/2 cup sour cream (not low-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Greens from 2 bunches (8 to 10) medium beets, trimmed and washed
In This Recipe


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Season with pepper.
  2. Pour ¼ cup water into a large sauté pan. Spread the greens in the pan and cover with a lid. Set over medium high heat and once you hear the water steaming, toss the greens with tongs. Continue steaming and tossing the greens until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more water to the pan as needed; there should be just enough to steam the greens with out water-logging them. Use the tongs to transfer the greens (leaving the water behind) to a mixing bowl.
  3. Spoon a few tablespoons dressing over the greens. Add more as needed. Spread the greens on a platter, and serve.

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