Sautéed Greens – veg need never be boring!

I love dark leafy veg. Not just the dark green colour, the taste too. I usually steam mine. Anyhow when I spotted this colourful recipe I just had to try it and feel sure that many of our lovely A&G readers will want to as well. So here goes, Sautéed greens extraordinaire!

Sautéed greens

Recipe by Olive Magazine, tried and tasted by Grace


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Sautéed greens are a very traditional dish from the central Aegean part of Anatolia and for this starter they are dressed to the nines, served with a crunchy walnut croquant, cooling yogurt and tart sumac to finish


  • 50g sugar, plus a pinch

  • 50g walnuts

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve

  • 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced

  • 12 thin cime di rapa stalks (about 250g)

  • 12 Swiss chard leaves, stems removed

  • 100g strained Greek yogurt

  • sumac, to serve


  • Put the sugar in a pan over a medium heat. Melt the sugar for 4-5 mins or until it begins to caramelise and turn amber. Add the walnuts and coat them in the melted sugar before setting aside to cool. Once at room temperature, use a muddler or pestle to break the croquant into smaller flakes, sprinkling over a good pinch of sea salt flakes to finish.
  • Put a shallow, wide pan over a medium heat and drizzle in the oil. Once hot, add the fennel along with a pinch of sea salt flakes and a pinch of sugar. After 5 mins, once the fennel starts to sweat, add in the cime di rapa, along with another pinch of salt. Next, add the swiss chard leaves with another pinch of salt and cook for 1-2 mins or until the leaves are al dente.
  • Drain any excess water from the pan, before adding a dash of olive oil and plating up. Spoon over a dollop of strained yogurt, along with a handful of the walnut croquant and a pinch of sumac.

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Julia Hunter
Julia Hunter
15 days ago

You deserve a good break and hope family issues are resolved soon. Thankyou for all you do to keep we older women up to date and interested in fashion, books etc. very grateful to you both. See you again in June! Julia

Annabel & Grace
15 days ago
Reply to  Julia Hunter

Thank you Julia, most kind. Best wishes, Grace