8 Cold Weather Greens Recipes

Winter is slowly melting away. As we watch it go, we have some cold weather greens recipes to take advantage of the last bit of the season. Cold weather greens come in the form of kale, cabbage, spinach, radicchio, and much more. They thrive in cooler temperatures, which intensify their flavors and textures. These hearty greens can carry sweet or bitter profiles and often have a tender, yet resolutely crunchy texture. They’re also rich in vitamins and nutrients, so you can get meet your daily requirements even when the sun isn’t shining. All of these qualities make cold weather greens an excellent choice for salads or stews. Make the most of these last few weeks of chill and add a cold weather greens recipe or two to your weekly dinner schedule.  

COLDCO Bitter Greens Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

A close up picture of bitter green leaves littered with sliced fruit in the bitter greens salad.

Sharp, tangy, and a bit bitter, as the name suggests, Bitter Greens are beloved by many. When mixed with some of your favorite salad ingredients you get a medley of flavors and textures that cut the bitterness, making them beloved by everyone! The addition of Cranberry Vinaigrette adds notes of sweetness and tartness to engage the palate even further. 

Grilled-Steamed Water Spinach with Filipino Pork Adobo Sauce

A plate of grilled water spinach and pork adobo garnished with fresh flowers and greens.

Water Spinach, also known as kangkong or morning glory, is a leafy green vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cuisine. It’s slightly crunchy and has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. We complement this healthy ingredient, which is full of antioxidants, with a Pork Adobo Sauce that’s rich, tangy, and savory.

Braised Cabbage and Beans

A blue bowl holdsbraised cabbage and beans topped with a lemon slice and accompanied by a fork, spoon, and glass of lemon water.

Did you know that cabbage is actually known to thrive in frosts? This cold weather leafy green gains a rich flavor when braised in olive oil. In our Braised Cabbage recipe, we  accompany it with tender mixed beans in a vegetable broth. It’s a dish that’ll warm you up even on the coldest days.

Vermouth-Braised Radicchio & Fennel

Braised Fennel and Radicchio in a Butter Pat cast-iron skillet with vermouth, showcasing a perfect blend of caramelization and mellow richness. Fresh herbs garnish this delightful side dish.

Radicchio may be the ultimate winter green with its ability to elevate even the simplest of dishes. We use a browning and braising technique in our Vermouth-Braised Radicchio & Fennel. This process adds in sweet notes from the caramelization, mellowing some of the bitter notes in the vegetables.

Creamy Kale Soup with Halloumi

An aerial shot of a green soup in a small ceramic bowl. A black spoon sits to the left side. Kale Soup Recipe

Lacinato kale, also known as Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale, is characterized by long and narrow, crinkled, dark blue-green leaves. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate flavor than other kale varieties. It works well with the salty addition of halloumi cheese in our Creamy Kale Soup.

COLDCO Farm Charred Radicchio Salad

A head of radicchio cut in half and charred on a dark plate with shaved parmesan.

If the bitterness radicchio isn’t for you, have you ever tried charring it? Grilled radicchio is much less bitter and delightfully smoky. A  COLDCO Farm Charred Radicchio Salad is the perfect first course when served up with delicious flavors like parmesan cheese. 

Romaine Arugula and Lentil Salad with Confit Tomatoes & Peppers

Romaine Arugula and Lentil Salad with Confit Tomatoes & Peppers

The richness of peppers and tomatoes roasted in olive oil is matched beautifully with winter greens of arugula and a big spoonful of hearty lentils, all tossed in a tangy balsamic dressing. This Romaine Arugula and Lentil Salad is so tasty and fulfilling that you might just forget you’re eating a healthy and nutritious dinner.

COLDCO Farm Winter Salad

Varigated purple lettuces on a dark speckled plate with a creamy dressing and chopped nuts.

Our COLDCO Farm Winter Salad carries a substantial flavor profile. Bitter winter greens, shaved parmesan, hazelnuts, and a homemade vinaigrette, blend together gloriously. The the gorgeous purple and pink appeal of these “greens” makes this dish appetizing to the eye as well as the stomach. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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